As the national executive meet of the Nitish Kumar led JD(U) got over on Sunday, Chief Minister of Bihar sent a clear message that he has no problem with his vice president Prashant Kishor working with Mamata Banerjee, as per sources. Kishor who heads a team of political consultants named IPAC will work for the Trinamool in the assembly election of West Bengal in 2021.
In the national executive meet, Kishor sat right beside the Bihar CM. Sources said that after the BJP did not give two cabinet berths to the JD(U) in the union cabinet despite the party winning 16 seats in the state, Kumar wants to send a clear message to the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah led saffron party. However, Kumar has in all public appearance reiterated that he stands together with the NDA alliance and did not want any 'symbolic' induction in the cabinet.
A day ahead of the executive meet, Kumar slammed the media of picking up Kishor meeting Mamata Banerjee issue, even though Kishor's team worked for Andhra CM's Jagan Mohan Reddy during the Lok Sabha elections. He, however, said that Kishor himself will clarify what is the matter.
"I just want to make it clear that this thing has no connection with the party. He will explain. He is a famous political strategist. He has a connection with all parties in different states. But when he joined the party, JD(U) had made this thing clear that we don't have a connection with him as a relation and political strategist. But this only he can say that he is connected to a party as a political activist and as a political strategist whatever his work may be that only he can say. His organisation was working in Andhra Pradesh too but that time no one paid any attention to it. But now the media have taken it," he said.
His reaction comes a day after the Trinamool Chief herself has declined to comment on the issue saying it is an internal issue while addressing a press conference.
Earlier on Thursday, in a major political twist in the state of West Bengal amidst the post-poll violence and Jai Shri Ram controversy, election strategist Prashant Kishor had met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. As per sources, he will be working with the Mamata-led Trinamool for the state's assembly election against the BJP.
In West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool faced a fierce fight from the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The BJP party won 18 seats while the ruling Trinamool won 22 seats in the states.
Kishor whose team IPAC was an election strategist for YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh for the elections 2019, is known for his impressive strategy that leads parties to massive victories. In Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSRCP won 151 seats in the state's 175 seats. In the past, Kishor was the chief strategist for Prime Minister Modi's election campaign in 2014, after which he started his own company called IPAC that engineered the poll campaign in Punjab for Captain Amarinder Singh.
In 2015, Kishor worked for the JD(U) when the party was a part of Mahagathbandhan in Bihar and led the grand alliance to their landslide victory in the assembly elections in Bihar. He has also worked for the Congress party in the assembly polls of Uttar Pradesh, however, BJP won the election. Prashant Kishor first hit headlines after helping PM Modi win 2012 Gujarat assembly election and become chief minister for the third time beating anti-incumbency.