Kishor helmed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s campaign for the 2015 Bihar polls after parting ways with the BJP. (file photo)
Election strategist Prashant Kishor is likely to launch his political career from Bihar, according to sources. “Excited to start my new journey from Bihar!” Kishor, the founder of the Indian Political Action committee (I-Pac), tweeted from his official handle. Interestingly, it was his first tweet since joining the platform in February 2018.
There are strong indications that he might join the Janata Dal (United). “Let us wait for the official announcement, he has expressed his willingness, we will welcome him in the party,” JD (U) leader K C Tyagi told news agency ANI.
Kishor helmed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s campaign for the 2015 Bihar polls after parting ways with the BJP.
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, reported news agency IANS. He, however, did not elaborate further.
“In 2019, you would not see Prashant Kishore campaigning for anyone in the manner and form in which I have been campaigning in last 4-5 years,” he said but wanted to leave his organisation Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) in “safe hands” before taking the decision.
Kishor is currently working for the YSR Congress party in Andhra Pradesh. Before shifting his base to the south, Kishor worked for the Congress party during the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh elections. He said the Congress did not approach them but they wanted to work for it in Punjab to settle scores with Aam Admi Party (AAP) as the latter’s poll strategy in Delhi was termed as better than his team’s efforts in Grand Alliance’s victory in Bihar.