2017 Punjab Assembly polls: Amarinder goes to Nitish’s strategist

The source confirmed that Kishor and Amarinder have met two-three times in Delhi and discussed the political scenario in Punjab.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Updated: December 11, 2015 7:41 am
captain amarinder singh, amarinder singh, SAD, akali dal, amarinder ancestral village, bhatinda news, local news, punjab news The new Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh. (Source: PTI photo)

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh has approached political strategist Prashant Kishor for his campaign for the Punjab 2017 Assembly elections.

Amarinder has already held meetings with Kishor who is credited with the victory of the Grand Alliance in Bihar and with making Prime Minister Narendra Modi a brand ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

But the final decision on roping him in for the Punjab elections has to be taken by AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Amarinder told The Indian Express.

If given a green signal, Kishor will come to Punjab to study the state and its political dynamics. “He would require around 20 days to study the state,” a source close to Kishor said.

The source confirmed that Kishor and Amarinder have met two-three times in Delhi and discussed the political scenario in Punjab.

Kishor is said to have conveyed that while he finds Amarinder a “genuine” leader, who wants to “turn Punjab around”, as an outside strategist, he would need a free hand while chalking up the campaign, including a say in ticket allocation and forming alliances.

“In Bihar, Kishor was a strategist for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the authority to decide on anything ended with Nitish. Amarinder does not represent a regional party. His limitation is that he is a part of a national party. He can provide Kishor operational freedom in his domain but certain issues are beyond him. Kishor is coming down to Punjab is subject to how much ground the Congress is willing to concede to him till the elections,” said the source.

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  1. A
    Dec 11, 2015 at 8:52 am
    yeah nitish kumar and lulu prasad new friend of kejri...gonna ask for votes in punjab...joketards......!!!!!!!!! where is the hian principle....anna ko de aaye kya???
  2. A
    Dec 11, 2015 at 4:00 am
    acha..this guy wants to make Punjab as Bihar...well its good for Bihari..many will migrate to Punjab..as they are doing right now...when a 9th standard fail will be CM of Punjab.....well what about his wife do she have a swiz account or have an account in punjab nation bank...hahahaa...they are making a Jaypraksh model of 1977 where all political party made an alliance and defeated Indira hi..when their govt fall then Indira came back with 400 member of parliament...its not sustainable and looser will be congress...becz their hindu vote shall be shifted to BJp and not the regional parties..for the short term political benfit...sonia hi is ruining congress....where in every states they are dependent on regional parties ...and in the long term its nt sustainable...as i said...bewkoofon ki kammin nahi...someone plz save congress. from mother-son duo...sonia hi is ruining party found in 1885
  3. T
    Dec 11, 2015 at 5:29 am
    Elections are won on the trust or distrust with a party. Feku56 won because voters wanted to teach Congress a lesson. BJP lost Bihar for similar reason. AAP won because even Congress voters felt BJP has to defeated at any cost. Even when Modi wave swept across North and Western India Amritsar voters decided Amrinder Win let Arun Jaitley lose. Similarly Punjab elected 4 AAP M.P.s. So spin doctor cannot sell a bad product to voters
  4. B
    Bijan Mohanty
    Dec 11, 2015 at 6:49 am
    AAP is well poised in Punjab in terms of credibility. Of course, there will be lots of fireworks because AAP is there.
  5. T
    Dec 11, 2015 at 3:27 am
    We have only one Bihar in India..Do you think Punjab is like Bihar?
  6. M
    madan gupta
    Dec 11, 2015 at 3:27 am
    यह तो पता नहीं कोन जीतेगा, यह पता है कि बादल और बीजेपी हारेगी. फिर सुखबीर बदल राज्य सभा चला जायेगा और अपनी बहू की जगह मंत्री बन जायेगा.
  7. B
    Dec 24, 2015 at 10:56 am
    Seems to be that AAP and Congress will form the next govt in punjab, akali dal and BJP will be wiped out fully like Delhi ha ha ha ha
  8. S
    Dec 11, 2015 at 4:34 am
    The G alliance did not win bcoz of Kishor. It was bcoz of the strong arithmetic of the alliance. AAP will eat into congress votes in Punjab. SAD and BJP are consolidating their votes fighting together. It will be a triangular contest and SAD BJP combine has a better arithmetic. Unless AAP and Cong join, defeating BJP tough.
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