Election Strategist Prashant Kishor Makes Political Debut, Joins Nitish Kumar's JDU

| September 16 , 2018 , 11:40 IST

Key election strategist Prashant Kishor made his official debut into the field of politics by joining Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United (JDU) Party on Sunday in Patna. He joined JDU in the presence of Nitish Kumar.

In a tweet on Sunday, Kishor expressed excitement for the 'new journey' and wrote, "Excited to start my new journey from Bihar!"

Prashant Kishor, founder of the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) confirmed his career shift during an interaction with students at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad on September 10 where he said he was "done with campaigning for individuals and he was ready for "electoral politics."

He added that he would leave I-PAC in “safe hands” and return to “work with the grassroots” and that “In 2019, you would not see Prashant Kishore campaigning for anyone in the manner and form in which I have been campaigning in last 4-5 years."

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A former public health expert who worked with the United Nations, Prashant Kishor made headlines after crafting the campaign of now-Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

After the elections, due to difference between him and BJP president Amit Shah, Kishor decided to go his own way and worked for political rivals of the BJP, including the Congress as well. Kishor is also credited for bringing all opposition parties together in Bihar in 2015, namely JD(U), RJD and Congress in a 'Grand Alliance' which was ended by Nitish Kumar in July 2017.

However, Kishor was unsuccessful in galvanising the opposition in the 2017 UP elections where the BJP won by a landlside of 325 seats out of 403. In the past 2 years, Kishor's election consultancy I-PAC has been working for YSR Congress party's YS Jaganmohan Reddy.