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Watch: Poll Strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor Explains Why He Left BJP Despite 2014 General Elections Success

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Master poll strategist and newly installed JD(U) Vice President Prashant Kishor explained why he left BJP despite the success of 2014 General elections
  • Kishor, who has strategized a number of critical election wins for the BJP, Congress and JD(U) joined the Bihar CM Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) in September 2018

Master poll strategist and newly installed JD(U) Vice President Prashant Kishor in a sensational episode of 'Nation Wants To Know' with Republic TV's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami explained why he left BJP despite the success of 2014 General elections. He said:

"Let's go back to 2014, which is much talked about for what happened in 2014 and why did I leave PM Modi. Actually, they did not dump. What we wanted to do together was decided much before the election; which was to create some sort of a structure for professionals like me and many others who were part of the campaign. To be part of the governance, primarily focus on improving last delivery, it would have created that structured platform that would have allowed professionals to come and go into governance". 

WATCH: Poll Strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor Reveals Why He Joined Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)

When asked whether PM Modi was convinced about professionals to come into governance, he said: 

"I thought Mr. Modi himself was very convinced about it. The whole blueprint was designed almost 2 years before the 2014 elections. We invested quite a bit of time, energy and resource in developing that blueprint. After he became Prime Minister, the matter was discussed. He was open and until August/ September 2014 he was still all for it. But somehow I think he was still new as the Prime Minister and maybe he got a sense that he needs a little bit more time because when it comes to the lateral entry thing it is not that easy. More than him, I think the fault lies with me. I was extremely impatient, I wanted it to happen tomorrow and he would say that let me just see how it will work".

"I was with him till almost March 2015. I was constantly in touch. So, there was not like I went and spoke to him once or twice, I would have met him many many times. It was not a problem and it was not about my role. It was about setting up this institution. It would be equivalent to what CAG, his campaign vehicle, which was used to bring professionals to help his campaign. It would have been equivalent to the CAG in governance. It was just the timing. I was impatient. I wanted it to happen quickly and possibly for a Prime Minister who has just taken over. It was too radical a decision to take", he added.

Kishor, who has strategized a number of critical election wins for the BJP (2014 General elections), Congress (2017 Punjab win, Uttar Pradesh loss) and JD(U)-RJD 'Mahagathbandhan' (2015 Bihar win), joined the Bihar CM Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) in September 2018. Nitish Kumar handed over the membership receipt to Kishor himself making it crystal clear that the poll strategist-turned-politician will be high in the party's pecking order. Nitish also termed Prashant Kishor as the "future" of JD(U).

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