Prashant Kishor for actively entering Bihar politics; says it’s time to go to the people

Political strategist Prashant Kishor caused ripples in Bihar politics on Monday, signaling his shift towards active politics in his home state with a cryptic tweet that it is time for him to reach out to the people to better understand their problems and the path of ”Jan Suraj” (good popular governance).

Kishor, who had been briefly with JD(U) and was set to rejoin Congress recently before things turned sour, is likely to address a press conference on May 5 where he will explain his next move amid speculation whether he will start a political party or just an outreach program, something he had also dabbled in before.

“My quest to be a meaningful participant in democracy and help shape pro-people politics has led to a 10-year roller coaster ride! As I turn the page, it’s time to go to the real masters, THE PEOPLE, to better understand the issues and the path to good governance of Jan Suraj-Peoples. From Bihar,” he tweeted.

The polling strategist, who has worked with parties across the ideological spectrum from the BJP to Congress and many regional parties, had announced the decision to quit working as a professional election consultant after his successful association with Congress of Trinamool for West Bengal. Assembly polls in 2021.

Still seen as having an interest in active politics, he had joined Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in 2018 but was expelled in 2020 due to strong differences with Kumar over their conflicting views on a host of issues like Citizenship (Amendment) Act as he took a strong anti-BJP stance and criticized Kumar.

After his ousting, Kishor launched an independent project “Baat Bihar Ki” (Conversation on Bihar) in February 2020, which remained a failure as he turned to his work as an election strategist.

He was also set to join Congress recently, but the two sides could not reach a final agreement on his proposal to overhaul the main opposition party.

The BJP mocked Kishor in its latest announcement, calling him a power broker who can be nothing more than a spoiler in electoral politics.

”Prashant Kishor is neither a social scientist nor a political scientist. He is a power broker and intermediary. It can be nothing more than a katwa (spoiler) vote in Bihar politics,’ BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand said.

JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi was more circumspect and said everyone is free to start a political outfit, but added that the ‘good governance’ agenda belongs to the government NDA led by Kumar who built roads, schools and hospitals and took the state on the path to development after the “mismanagement” of the RJD.

”Everyone is free to start a political party, and we convey our wishes to them. But there is no alternative to Kumar currently,” he said.

Although Kishor has said he will no longer work as a political consultant, his organization I-PAC will continue to be engaged in the work.

His relations with Kumar also appear to have thawed as he had met the Chief Minister during his recent visit to the nation’s capital.

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