Sushil Modi questions Nitish Kumar over political role of Prashant Kishor

Patna: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for allowing his erstwhile election strategist Prashant Kishore to take up political role with Congress despite being his Advisor on policy and programme implementation.

Prashant Kishor. Image courtesy: Twitter

Prashant Kishor. Image courtesy: Twitter

"Why does not the Chief Minister make Kishore his political advisor or minister so that the latter should have freedom to take up political role with the JD(U) or Congress by removing him from the post of an advisor (policy and programme implementation) with the rank of cabinet minister?" Modi said.

Noting that a bad precedent has been set wherein an individual occupying position in the government now plays active role in politics, be it in the JD(U) or Congress, the former deputy chief minister asked Kumar to review the role of his former election strategist and allot him work either in the capacity of a political advisor or (as) advisor on policy and programme implementation.

If needed, the Chief Minister has the discretion to make Kishore a minister in his government so that he could assist Kumar politically and extend similar services to the Congress or other parties, the senior BJP leader said.

Regarding Kumar having given a dominant role to his trusted aide in formulation and implementation of government policies, Modi claimed this move has sent a wrong signal to the Bihar bureaucracy whose morale has been badly hit by Kumar's dependence on his erstwhile election strategist.