“It is all advertising for his enterprise” is how Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JDU sees claims by ballot strategist Prashant Kishor that he had a proposal to rejoin the get together. “We all know he is been working for the BJP for a while now,” JDU nationwide chief Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan stated right this moment, talking simply days after a gathering between Nitish Kumar and Prashant Kishor.
“He vegetation tales within the media. All that is a part of a conspiracy that the BJP desires to make use of for a foothold in Bihar, as it may’t get public assist,” Mr Singh claimed.
Ever since Nitish Kumar dumped the BJP final month and began a nationwide Opposition unity drive, the thrill in Patna and Delhi is that ‘PK’, expelled in 2020, is likely to be again with JDU in some capability.
“It was Prashant Kishor who needed to fulfill Nitish ji after the brand new political state of affairs emerged in Bihar,” stated the JDU president right this moment. “Nitish ji advised him to first have a phrase with the get together president. So he got here to fulfill me in New Delhi.”
Mr Singh claimed Prashant Kishor used a sequence of engagements thereafter “just for his personal advertising”. “I advised him he may return to the get together if he stays in self-discipline. Then Nitish ji gave him an appointment. However, as a part of his advertising technique, he already advised the media he will not meet the chief minister.”
“After which days later, Pavan Varma (former JDU chief) met Nitish Kumar and advised him that Prashant Kishor desires to fulfill. Why would the chief minister say no to anybody wanting to fulfill him? So that they met,” Mr Singh added, “However why will anyone give him any supply? Who’s he?”
Nitish Kumar had stated after the assembly, “We did not speak about something particular. Simply regular issues.”
Mr Kishor later claimed to have turned down a proposal from Mr Kumar as a consequence of coverage disagreements. He repeated his assertion that if Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav’s new authorities supplies 5-10 lakh jobs within the subsequent one or two years, he would withdraw his ‘Jan Suraj Abhiyan’ and assist them.
Prashant Kishor’s largest declare to fame is his work for Narendra Modi’s 2014 marketing campaign, however he switched sides quickly after to work with Nitish Kumar in 2015, aiding his Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) with the RJD and Congress to defeat the BJP in Bihar.
He entered fulltime politics when Nitish Kumar took him in, first as adviser with cupboard minister rank, after which as JDU nationwide vice-president in 2018. However after Nitish Kumar returned to the BJP-led NDA, in 2020 Prashant Kishor was expelled from the JDU for talking in opposition to the get together. Mr Kishor returned to the ballot technique enterprise briefly — working with Mamata Banerjee to battle off the BJP in Bengal — earlier than asserting that he is again in politics, beginning with dwelling state Bihar, final yr.
“Prashant Kishor is just not a political particular person. He has a enterprise,” the JDU chief harassed in his media interplay right this moment. About Mr Kishor’s ‘Jan Suraj’ tour throughout Bihar scheduled to begin subsequent month, Mr Singh stated, “He’s welcome to try this. That is why he is doing all this advertising.”
“However that is all a part of BJP’s bigger conspiracy. It had an agent in JDU earlier than, whom we threw out. Now it is on the lookout for another person like that,” he stated, referring to RCP Singh, a former JDU chief who left the get together simply forward of the JDU-BJP breakup, after a sequence of snubs by Nitish Kumar.