Prashant Kishor meets Capt Amarinder, discusses strategy for Punjab elections

Sources said that in the meeting, it was discussed that Kishor would concentrate on Punjab towards the end of this year.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh | Published: February 6, 2016 10:26 am

Strategist Prashant Kishor on Friday held a meeting with Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh in Chandigarh to chalk out a poll strategy.

Kishor, who is in charge of the election campaign for the Punjab Congress chief for the 2107 polls, spent Thursday night at Amarinder’s Sector 10 residence. He left for New Delhi on Friday evening. Amarinder along with a few members of his team discussed the poll scenario in Punjab ahead of the 2017 election with Kishor.

Sources said that in the meeting, it was discussed that Kishor would concentrate on Punjab towards the end of this year.

Amarinder and Kishor are believed to have discussed about the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is experiencing a groundswell of support in the state, as the people are excited about the idea of a third alternative.

“Kishor does not feel AAP to be a threat. It is no challenge for someone who turned around Bihar,” said a source close to Prashant.

The source added that the main aim of Kishor’s visit to Chandigarh was to get a feel of the poll scenario and take feedback about the ground situation. “His team would start moving in Punjab soon. He will set up a team from the state itself. Kishor would spend the maximum time in Punjab towards the end of this year.”

Kishor’s visit was kept under wraps by Amarinder’s camp and no formal interaction was allowed with the media. Kishor’s stamp was visible on the Congress chief’s strategy recently when the party boycotted the Khadoor Sahib byelection. Kishor did not want Amarinder to waste time, energy and resources on a by-election.

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  1. R
    rajan luthra
    Feb 6, 2016 at 6:06 am
    Prashant Kishor, being a Bihari, might have helped Nitish in Bihar yet it was not a victory on the strength of his strategies alone. There Nitish Kumar's image too worked in favour of alliance. In Punjab, the situation is entirely different. Whereas people are disenchanted with Akali government, they do not see Congress as a por alternative. AAP having social leanings strikes a chord with its people because of its background of activism and Punjabis' inherent quality of combating every challenge head on. Congress at present may be the second choice with Akali-BJP combine nowhere in picture