Election strategist Prashant Kishor today joined the Janata Dal (United) in the presence of party chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, ahead of the party’s state executive meeting in Patna. “Excited to start my new journey from Bihar!” Kishor tweeted today morning before officially joining the party.
Kishor, who founded the Indian Political Action committee (I-Pac), was tasked with running the JD (U)’s campaign during the 2015 Bihar polls after he parted ways with the BJP. The JD (U) later joined hands with the BJP after severing ties with the RJD and Congress and exited the Grand Alliance last year.
Kishor who is credited with making winning strategies for BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and JD(U) in 2015 Assembly polls is expected to enjoy considerable clout inside the Bihar based party. He is expected to be the de-facto number 2 in JD(U) and is likely to drive the seat sharing talks with BJP. Recently Kishor revealed that he is in touch with Narendra Modi and JD(U) will hope that he brings his rapport to good use while negotiation seats with BJP for Lok Sabha polls.
Prashant Kishor has also worked with Congress during the 2017 UP Assembly polls where he tasted bitter defeat. Now after a brief foray in grassroot campaigns, Kishor is all set to be back in the heat and dust of electoral politics.
Last week, Kishor hinted at his political debut while addressing an event at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad. Stating that he would not campaign for anyone in the 2019 elections, Kishor said he wants to go back to “grassroots” either in Gujarat or Bihar,
Kishore also revealed that he had never met Prime Minister Modi from March 2015 till last year, when the two reconnected, at the time of the demise of the former’s mother. He even revealed that the two had a little disagreement over the lateral entry of people into the government, following which Kishore decided to leave the BJP camp.