With Punjab assembly elections round the corner, poll strategist Prashant Kishor — who had famously said he was quitting the business of election management — on Tuesday met Indian National Congress (INC) leader Rahul Gandhi at his residence in Delhi. The poll strategist has been holding a parley of meeting with many leaders.
INC general secretary and Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were present in the meeting.
Interestingly, the meeting happened at a time when the INC leadership is trying to bring the top two leaders in Punjab — Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his chief in-house critic Navjot Singh Sidhu — on the same page.
Notably, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had appointed Prashant Kishor as his principal advisor in March this year.
Rahul Gandhi had last joined hands with Prashant Kishor in the INC’s failed campaign for the Uttar Pradesh election in 2017.
Prashant Kishor had handled the INC poll campaign in the 2017 Punjab Assembly election when the party had stormed to power by bagging 77 seats in the 117-member House. Kishor was the brain behind Punjab INC programmes like ‘Coffee with Captain’ and ‘Punjab Da Captain’ to drum up support for the party.
Navjot Singh Sidhu had earlier said in a tweet, “Our opposition AAP has always recognised my vision & work for Punjab. Be it Before 2017- Beadbi, Drugs, Farmers Issues, Corruption & Power Crisis faced by People of Punjab raised by me or today as I present “Punjab Model” It is clear they know – who is really fighting for Punjab.”
Prashant Kishor had managed Narendra Modi’s campaign for prime ministership in the 2014 General Election.
Sharad Pawar and Prashant Kishor have met at least three times in nearly two weeks amid buzz about a national front of opposition parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the union government ahead of the general elections scheduled to be held in 2024.
Political strategist Prashant Kishor had met Chief Minister Amarinder Singh last week.
Interestingly, INC leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was supposed to leave for a visit to Lucknow which has now been postponed.