4 years after serving to the Congress to energy in Punjab with a giant win in Meeting elections, Prashant Kishor has returned to the state, signing on as “principal advisor” to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who tweeted to say the 2 would “work for the betterment of the folks of Punjab”.
“Comfortable to share that Prashant Kishor has joined me as my Principal Advisor. Stay up for working collectively for the betterment of the folks of Punjab!” Mr Singh tweeted Monday.
Mr Kishor informed NDTV that the provide had been on the desk for the previous yr, and that Amarinder Singh is “like household”. “I am unable to say ‘no’ to him…,” Mr Kishor stated.
Comfortable to share that @PrashantKishor has joined me as my Principal Advisor. Stay up for working collectively for the betterment of the folks of Punjab!
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) March 1, 2021
The Chief Minister’s Workplace tweeted shortly after, saying that Mr Kishor would get cupboard minister-rank (with related perks) and a “token honorarium of Re 1 solely”.
#PunjabCabinet clears the appointment of Shri @PrashantKishor as Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister @capt_amarinder Singh within the rank and standing of a Cupboard Minister. pic.twitter.com/h7bTK9qKdD
— CMO Punjab (@CMOPb) March 1, 2021
Punjab is scheduled to carry Meeting elections in early 2022.
The Congress swept to energy in 2017 after profitable 77 of 117 seats on provide; the win represented a big improve from 2012, when it received 46 and was overwhelmed by the Akali Dal-BJP alliance.
Mr Kishor and his IPAC, or Indian Political Motion Committee, performed a giant function in that win, creating plenty of marketing campaign sketches that struck a chord with voters, together with ‘Coffee with Captain (Amarinder Singh)’ to draw youthful voters.
Victory in Punjab, nevertheless, was preceded by a falling out with the Congress in Uttar Pradesh; he walked out, reportedly over variations in technique, in late 2016.
The Congress seems to be in a powerful place in Punjab forward of subsequent yr’s election; the celebration made a clean sweep of seven municipal corporations in local body polls held early final month.
sss p>The victory in Bathinda – an Akali Dal stronghold that’s represented within the Lok Sabha by former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal – was a spotlight.
It’s the first time in over 50 years that the Congress controls that municipal physique. Mr Singh stated the victories represented Punjab’s rejection of the Akalis, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Get together.
Historical past has been made immediately!
Bathinda will get a Congress Mayor for the first time in 53 years!
Thanks to ALL Bathinda residents.
Congratulations to the folks of Bathinda for a spectacular victory.
Kudos to all Congress candidates and staff, who toiled for today. pic.twitter.com/Xvczq5MjfU
— Manpreet Singh Badal (@MSBADAL) February 17, 2021
A robust exhibiting in native polls apart, Mr Singh will pay attention to the problem that the BJP will pose within the run-up to and through the 2022 election, and he’ll hope that Mr Kishor can replicate his largely profitable monitor document in state elections.
At current Mr Kishor and his IPAC are hard at work in Bengal, the place he’s serving to Mamata Banerjee defuse a fierce problem from the BJP with Meeting elections attributable to be held over a document eight phases beginning March 27.
He’s additionally working with DMK chief MK Stalin in Tamil Nadu – the place elections can be held on April 6 – the place too he hopes to unseat the BJP (which is in energy with AIADMK).
Final yr Mr Kishor signed on to assist Nitish Kumar retain his place in November polls (and was made the No 2 within the celebration), however was expelled after brazenly criticising his stand on the citizenship legislation.
He emerged as one of Mr Kumar’s fiercest critics because the JDU flopped to concede numerical benefit to each ally BJP and rival Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).