Within a week after announcing retirement from being poll strategist, the man behind PM Modi’s catapult victory in 2014 Lok Sabha election – Prashant Kishor joined hands with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in Patna and will serve as his right hand in upcoming elections.
Just a handful months away from the big 2019 Lok Sabha elections, poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s exit from election campaigning for BJP was seen to be a major setback for the party. And in a surprise move, Kishor joined Bihar’s political party JDU today during the party’s executive meet held in Patna. Inducting Kishor to the party, Nitish Kumar said him to be an “angavastram” who will sit and work alongside the CM from now on. The unlikely entry of Kishor in JDU is considered significant considering all the logjams over seat sharing with NDA in election 2019.
Kumar also called Kishor “the future” – which could be interpreted in a number of ways, one of which could be that he could be the next national leader of JDU, as a successor of Kumar. This could also mean that in the times when Kumar’s party is pressurising NDA to make early seat sharing arrangement for Lok Sabha 2019, JDU might be hoping to move ahead with Kishor’s continuing equation as the “second man” in the party after Nitish. Whatever his role will be, one task Kishor will be expected to complete would be to give JDU the much needed backbone support – be it alliance with BJP or the Mahagathbandhan.
About Prashant Kishor, the resident of Bihar’s tiny town Buxar came into fame in 2014 when he helped Modi in winning the seat and give the party its best-ever electoral performance. Kishor has also worked for the alliance of JDU, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Congress in 2015; Congress in Punjab where the party returned to power dislodging the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine. And was also part of the failed collaboration with Congress in Uttar Pradesh. All-in-all, his new journey with Nitish will be watched by the country with keen eyes.