Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar today indicated that recently joined poll strategist Prasanth Kishor will be his political successor, by appointing him as party’s vice president.
Effectively making him the second most powerful person in the party, he has established a new tradition in a regional party `nominating’ a person, other than from his own family as a political successor. It may be recalled that all regional party chiefs are `nominating’ their own family member as their successors.
Kishor, who has worked for a number of parties as a poll strategist, only a month ago joined JD(U), though since few months he has been indicating his party leaders that Prasanth will looks after party affairs. Party spokesperson K C Tyagi said Kishor’s appointment will help it reach out to social segments out of its traditional support base.
Kishor shot to fame for being a part of the successful election campaigns of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 and the erstwhile Grand Alliance in Bihar the following year. A resident of Buxar district in Bihar, he was in the limelight in 2014 when he managed the poll campaign for Narendra Modi, the then prime ministerial candidate of theBJP, which went on to register its best-ever electoral performance.
A year later, he collaborated with Nitish Kumar, who returned to power for his third consecutive term after registering a victory in the Bihar state polls, which the JD(U) fought in alliance with the RJD and the Congress.
Kishor also worked with the Congress in Punjab where the party returned to power by dislodging the SAD-BJP combine. His collaboration with the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, however, failed to bear fruit as it won less than 10 seats in the 403-member assembly in 2017.