New Delhi: Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, after working for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then for rival Congress, joined Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) today. Kishor’s official induction in the party took place at 11 am at a meeting of the state executive in Patna in the presence of Nitish Kumar. Also Read - Suvendu Vows To Defeat Mamata As Bengal CM Announces To Fight From Nandigram Seat | Key Points
Responding on the development, Kumar told NDTV, “He is the future I tell you”. Also Read - Samajwadi Party Will Support Mamata Banerjee's TMC In Upcoming West Bengal Polls, Confirms Akhilesh Yadav
Ahead of making his political debut, Kishor on Sunday said that he was “excited” to start his “new journey from Bihar”. Also Read - From West to East: Maharashtra’s Ruling Shiv Sena to Contest West Bengal Polls This Year
Kishor, who is credit with delivering election victories for BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha polls and for JD(U) in 2015 Assembly elections, is likely to lead the latter’s seat-sharing talks with the BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The party is also likely to offer him a ticket to contest the general elections.
Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad last week, Kishor had expressed his desire to leave IPAC in “safe hands” and return to “work with the grassroots”.
“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 also 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.
Kishor said that the two had a little disagreement over the lateral entry of people into the government, following which he decided to leave the BJP camp.
In July this year, it was reported that Kishor is likely to rejoin hands with ruling BJP ahead of the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
After quitting BJP, the 40-year-old joined hands with the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) led by Nitish-Lalu combine, for the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections. The grand alliance triumphed in the election, with Kishor being heavily credited by Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United).