After Bengal polls, Prashant Kishor to strategise Punjab election campaign for CM Amarinder Singh
Kishor had also handled the Congress poll campaign in the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections. In the last polls, Congress had stormed to power, bagging 77 seats in the 117-member assembly
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Monday said poll-strategist Prashant Kishor has joined him as his principal advisor.
Happy to share that @PrashantKishor has joined me as my Principal Advisor. Look forward to working together for the betterment of the people of Punjab!
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 1, 2021
The development assumes significance as the Punjab Assembly elections are due early next year.
Currently, Kishor's company, the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), is assisting Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the West Bengal elections.
oKishor was the brain behind Punjab Congress programmes like “Coffee with Captain” and “Punjab Da Captain” to drum up support for the party.
Last year, the Punjab CM had said Kishor told him that he would be "quite happy" in handling the election campaign of the Congress in Punjab for the 2022 Assembly polls.
His claims had come amid media reports that Kishor had said no to handling the party's campaign in the state.
Amarinder Singh had then even said Congress president Sonia Gandhi had left it to him on roping in Kishor for the party's poll campaign in the state.
The CM had then said that he had even asked his party MLAs whether they want Kishor for the next Assembly polls.
"Out of 80 MLAs, 55 said yes, they want him," Singh had then said.
Kishor had also managed Narendra Modi's campaign for prime ministership in the 2014 General Election.
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The Junglemahal area — of which Jhargram is part — has become the symbol of poriborton (change) in Bengal. It is the state’s tribal heartland, and was once a Maoist hotbed.
The commission said it is a matter of deep regret that a "media narrative was sought to be weaved hour after hour to misguide voters, by a candidate who also happens to be CM of the state"