After denial, Kishor to manage Capt Amarinder Singh’s campaign

A source close to Prashant Kishor told The Indian Express that the master political strategist would indeed run the election campaign for Punjab Congress president, Capt Amarinder Singh.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Published:January 19, 2016 10:02 am
Prashant Kishor, captain amarinder singh, amarinder kishor, kishor amarinder Prashant Kishor had previously helped Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in his poll campaign in the recent state elections. (Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

Two Days after his group, the Indian Political Action Committee or I-PAC, put out a denial on Twitter, a source close to Prashant Kishor on Monday told The Indian Express that the master political strategist would indeed run the election campaign for Punjab Congress president, Capt Amarinder Singh. “A decision has been taken and Prashant will be strategising for Amarinder,” said the source, adding, “It should be clear that he will be running the poll campaign for Amarinder and not for the Congress.”

The decision has been taken after a few meetings between Amarinder and Kishor. “In Punjab, it will be a battle between AK (Arvind Kejriwal) and PK (Prashant Kishor),” the source said. The strategist is expected to visit Punjab for 2-3 days in mid-February for an early assessment.

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“AAP is no challenge for us. We will win this election,” said the source adding that Kishor would spend hundreds of hours in Punjab in the coming days. “Prashant does not do consulting. He just executes and he is excited to be there,” the source said.

His team is also expected to tour Punjab between the end of February and the first week of March. “We have an elaborate set up. Although he has made it amply clear that he does not carry his team but sets it up in the state where he is the poll manager,” the source said.

On whether Prashant has been given a free hand by the Congress high command, the source said, “It is for Amarinder to answer. He knows how he would handle his party. Prashant just needs a free hand and he has been assured that”.

On AAP’s chances in Punjab, the source said, “AAP does not pose even one per cent challenge. Just wait and watch”.

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  1. A
    Apr 18, 2016 at 8:46 am
    no one can win election by managing
    1. D
      Jan 22, 2016 at 4:37 am
      PK is a good strategist which needed by BJP but BJP is now arrogant highly and losing its seats badly.It cant sustain in any election now
      1. T
        Jan 19, 2016 at 4:55 pm
        this prashant kishor is jumping from one party to another, trying to always be on the winning side. Soon he will also meet his fate.
        1. K
          Jan 20, 2016 at 9:12 am
          Is CONgress lying anything new? Of course, they now have real compeion in perfidy from the All About Propaa party.
          1. R
            rajan luthra
            Jan 19, 2016 at 5:34 am
            Prashant Kishor was earlier backing such horses who were/are perceived to be pro-people. In Punjab, the situation may be different because neither congress nor akalis/bjp have such an image. Political managers have only minuscule role in a party's victory. Its the party philosophy/ leadership which matters to the people. Dream merchants might succeed momentarily in selling catchy slogans but managing the state is not akin to running a company
            1. R
              Jan 19, 2016 at 4:49 am
              Bihar ko doobaane ke baad ek baar phir PK aa raha hai Punjab ka doobaane..... Phir se phir se phir se nitishe...Bihar mein jungleraaj,gundaraaj sabka bharmaar hai...haan bhaiya nitishe kumaar hai...
              1. S
                Jan 19, 2016 at 6:34 am
                Prashant Kishor should know electoral behaviour is most difficult to read.AAP is going to win punjab...
                1. A
                  Jan 31, 2016 at 9:21 pm
                  Bewakoof Jano ki Party :D
                  1. A
                    Jan 31, 2016 at 9:22 pm
                    Prashant will not support congress. This is propaa for TRP.
                    1. V
                      Jan 19, 2016 at 6:25 am
                      Was JDU planning to make Kishor Rajya Sabha MP ? My take is people should be coming to politics only after ensuring that they are through with their professional life and are able to manage their family expenses from the ry of MPs and MLAs.
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