Despite new Bihar role, Kishor likely to manage Capt Amarinder Singh’s campaign

Sources close to Prashant Kishor had confirmed to The Indian Express that he was on board to manage the election campaign of Amarinder and he would be visiting Punjab for 2-3 days in mid-February.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Updated: January 23, 2016 4:04 pm
Prashant Kishor, Prashant Kishor bihar, Prashant Kishor Amarinder Singh Prashant Kishor with Nitish Kumar. Kishor’s team of 60 — out of a total of 250 — operated out of a 1,000-sq-ft room at the CM’s residence. (Soure: file photo/ Express Photo by Prashant Ravi)

Prashant Kishor’s new role as cabinet-rank adviser on policy and implementation to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is unlikely to affect his other assignment — as advisor to Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on the 2017 Assembly elections in the state, Congress leaders are saying

“Captain Amarinder Singh confirmed to me that he had spoken to Prashant Kishor once. We also learnt about Kishor’s team having done the first round of survey for Punjab Congress. We are hopeful of engaging Kishor’s team that may start formally working for us from this March,” AICC general secretary and Punjab Congress in-charge Shakeel Ahmad told The Indian Express.

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Asked how Kishor could assist Amarinder while being an employee of the Bihar government, Ahmad said these “technical issues” can be resolved once his role in Punjab is finalised.

Sources in the Amarinder camp said they were already aware that he was being considered for an assignment by Nitish and that he could continue in both roles side by side.

“We are excited about working with Prashant and looking forward to his coming to Punjab. We are all prepared. Amarinder has already congratulated Prashant,” said a senior functionary of the Congress.

He said there could be no conflict of interest as far as Kishor’s managing of Amarinder’s poll campaign was concerned as he is not charging a fee for this.

“First, he will be a part of the Grand Alliance government of which Congress is also a part. Second, Kishor does not take money to manage election campaign of personalities. So, where is the problem? He can always work with the government in Bihar and advise Amarinder on the side,” said a senior Congress leader based in Delhi while requesting anonymity.

Sources close to Kishor had confirmed to The Indian Express that he was on board to manage the election campaign of Amarinder and he would be visiting Punjab for 2-3 days in mid-February. He had already got a survey done in Punjab before accepting Amarinder’s proposal.

(WITH INPUTS FROM SANTOSH SINGH FROM PATNA)

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    patriotic indian
    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:53 am
    High time this prashant guy should be eliminated. People like this PK are helping traitors of nation just for their personal gains. Pk is only concerned with his bing and not the nation and hence he is helping parties like g alliance.
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    Chandrashekhar Deshpande
    Jan 23, 2016 at 2:54 pm
    As a advisor to Nitish let him give advice to take action against ticket less, woman teasear and historysheeters MP of JDU and then show some good work for Bihar.
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    Hari
    Jan 23, 2016 at 7:19 am
    Nitish Kumar and Prasant kumar should give attention to drought hit Nawada district hit with acute drought since several decades. This district has no basic facilities like electricity, rural roads, educational facility, drinking water , irrigation facility, housing facility, medical facility. Bihar is under Jungle raj where nothing is moving while Nitish is pumping several hundreds crores for false propaa through medias resulted in most of newspapers like TOI and others are not publishing public comments for money. This is drama staged by Nitish while nothing is done for development of rural areas of Bihar in last 10 years and there is no hope in future also. The rampant corruption is biggest road block in progress in state when all ministers are indulged in m looting of public money. The public will get punishment for electing corrupt and non-performing parties like Congress- RJD - JD(U) who ruled Bihar for past 25 years but there is no development anywhere resulted in acute poverty and backwardness. The fools and s are made minister by Nitish which speaks about his foolishness.
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    Hari
    Jan 24, 2016 at 6:33 am
    Nitish Kumar and Prasant kumar should give attention to drought hit Nawada district hit with acute drought since several decades. This district has no basic facilities like electricity, rural roads, educational facility, drinking water , irrigation facility, housing facility, medical facility. Bihar is under Jungle raj where nothing is moving while Nitish is pumping several hundreds crores for false propaa through medias resulted in most of newspapers like TOI and others are not publishing public comments for money. This is drama staged by Nitish while nothing is done for development of rural areas of Bihar in last 10 years and there is no hope in future also. The rampant corruption is biggest road block in progress in state when all ministers are indulged in m looting of public money. The public will get punishment for electing corrupt and non-performing parties like Congress- RJD - JD(U) who ruled Bihar for past 25 years but there is no development anywhere resulted in acute poverty and backwardness. The fools and s are made ministers by Nitish which speaks about his foolishness.
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    Mohammed Peado.
    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:48 am
    This time there is string wave for AAP in Punjab. We will get to know whether PK is actually a kingmaker, depending on whether he can still manage Congress to win against the tide.
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    nicolethomson
    Jan 23, 2016 at 4:38 am
    PK , now my doubt is growing strong, r u a spy guru of CIA?
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    rajan luthra
    Jan 23, 2016 at 4:15 am
    AK is more close to NK than Congress yet you can't object to PK's choice. Definitely, Capt. is better than the Badals. AAP still remains the favorite in Punjab.
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    Satish
    Jan 23, 2016 at 8:37 am
    ummm... interesting Let us see how he handles Kejriwal.
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