Poll strategist Prashant Kishor joins JD(U)


Patna: Political strategist Prashant Kishor joined the Janata Dal (United) in Patna on Sunday to help chief minister Nitish Kumar in Lok Sabha elections next year.

Kishor was inducted into the party by Kumar, who is also the national president of the JD (U), at the organisation’s state executive meeting at the chief minister’s official residence.

Kumar welcomed the 41-year-old into the party by presenting him with an “angavastram” (stole) and the poll strategist was given a seat next to the chief minister at the state executive meet.

“He is the future I tell you,” the Bihar chief minister told TV news channel NDTV about Kishor, 41, before the executive meeting. Earlier, Kishor had tweeted “excited to start my new journey from Bihar”.

A resident of Buxar district in the state, Kishor had shot to fame in 2014 when he managed the poll campaign for Narendra Modi, then the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, which went on to put up its best-ever electoral performance.

A year later, he collaborated with Kumar who returned to power for his third consecutive term after registering a handsome victory in the assembly polls which the JD (U) had fought in alliance with the RJD and the Congress.

The chief minister rewarded Kishor by appointing him as his adviser and giving him a cabinet minister rank.

Kishor thereafter worked with the Congress in Punjab where the party returned to power dislodging the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine which had been ruling the state for a decade.

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.

Kishor, who runs the Indian Political Action Committee, works on personal leadership branding, political strategy, macro and micro campaign events, communication, messaging and speeches, besides proving inputs on ticket distribution and constituency micro-dynamics.

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