New Delhi: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor who formulated election strategy for Prime Minister Modi in the 2014 elections ruled out working with him again in upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections saying, “I would not campaign for anyone as I want to go back to the grassroots.”
Interacting with students of Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad on Sunday, the 41-year-old former UN official revealed he never met Modi after he left Prime Minister’s Office in March 2015 till last year when the Prime Minister called him when his mother was on death bed.
“In 2019, you would not see Prashant Kishor campaigning for anyone in the manner and form in which I have been campaigning in last 4-5 years,” said Prashant, who was speaking publicly for the first time in last 5 years.
He claimed that Modi, Nitish and Amarinder Singh did not hire him and that money was the last criteria. He also denied reports that he or his organization received huge money for working with different parties.
“We are not for hire. No one can hire IPAC because there is no financial involved to incentivize us to work for someone. Modi did not hire us… neither Nitish Kumar nor Amarinder Singh. Out of three, two are apparently broke. They can’t hire us,” he said.
Referring to media reports that his team got Rs 400-500 crore, he said he wished part of it was true if not for him at least for his colleagues. “Money would have been last criteria to make us move from one side to other,” he said when asked about the journey from Modi to Nitish Kumar to Congress.
Prashant said 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.
Prashant also refuted media reports that claimed he will be joining politics.
He further revealed that for last two years he wanted to quit this domain but wanted to leave his organisation Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) in safe hands before taking the decision.
(With inputs from agencies)