New JD(U) national vice-president and election strategist Prashant Kishor has said that he will contest neither Lok Sabha elections nor vie for a Rajya Sabha seat, according to party leaders. Holding his first political meeting with about 300 office-bearers of JD(U)’s student and youth wings after getting the senior party post, Kishor is learnt to have said that he is looking at strengthening the party’s organisational base.
While he said in the meeting that he wants a party worker to become “eyes and ears” of the government, he made it clear that he does not favour the “CPI(M) model” of cadre-based party in which “workers prevail over governance”, multiple leaders who took part in the meeting on Monday told The Indian Express.
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JD(U) MLC and party’s students’ wing in-charge Ranveer Nandan said: “Prashant Kishor discussed the CPI(M) model in which workers become very powerful (and thereby impact governance). He said while workers should be a government’s ears and eyes, they must not become powerful at the expense of governance.”
Nandan also said that Kishor gave them two months to ensure that the JD(U) students’ wing has 2,500 active members and the youth wing 5,000 active members. “This is the first task Prashant Kishor gave us. He will review after two months,” Nandan said.
A JD(U) leader who attended the meeting said, “He cleared the suspense over contesting elections. Kishor made it clear that he is not interested in electoral politics – either at the state or the national level. He spoke about connecting with youths and making new leaders.”
The JD(U) leader quoted Kishor as saying that 25-30 new faces could be given a chance to contest the 2020 Bihar Assembly polls.