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Has JD-U poll strategist Prashant Kishor grown too big for his boots or…?

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PATNA: Has JD-U poll strategist Prashant Kishor grown too big for his boots or what he says now is the “official view” of his party? His views hold much political significance since he is considered holding number two position in the party after Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

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Kishor who officially joined the JD-U in September last year has created a tempest in the political circles by stating that “ideally, the chief minister should have sought a fresh mandate for forming government with the BJP”.

The statement seems to be saying two things—firstly, validating the RJD’s allegation that the Kumar “committed dacoity with people’s mandate” and, secondly warning that what the chief minister Kumar did to stay in power after breaking away from Grand Alliance was not “morally correct”.

He is not wrong. Kumar’s JD-U had won quite good number of seats in the Bihar assembly not alone but only in alliance with the RJD headed by Lalu Prasad and the Congress.

Obviously, the masses voted for the JD-U which was a part of the Grand Alliance over the issues raised by this alliance and not on the personal image of any leader as the JD-U claims. Had that been the case, the JD-U should have won a good number of seats in the last 2014 LS polls as well but it could win only two seats out of 40 it had contested in alliance with the CPI.

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The observations by Kishor, thus, bring to fore “moral fault” in the JD-U leadership by deciding to form new government with the BJP while the JD-U won elections against the BJP. This indeed has come as a huge embarrassment to the NDA ahead of the upcoming LS polls.

JD-U insiders say Kishor is making such statements since he is facing challenge from a section of party over his style of functioning. But they fail to explain how his observation was “illogical” or “unjustified”.

Yet another remark that has left the JD-U leadership uneasy is his observation that a section of Kumar’s supporters is disappointed over hiss move to return to the BJP camp.

“For those who saw in him (Nitish Kumar) a potential challenger to (Narendra) Modi the move was a let-down,” Kishor has told the media.

He kicked up another controversy earlier when he said “If I can help someone become Prime Minister or Chief Minister, I can also help Bihar’s youth become MPs and MLAs”.

Anyway, such remarks coming at frequent intervals have come as a severe embarrassment to the JD-U and it will be very hard for them to defend.

Kishor is credited with drafting poll strategy of chief minister Kumar in the last 2015 assembly elections which the later won with historic mandate though political experts say the strategy worked just because of solid vote support of the RJD which has huge following in the Yadav and Muslim communities.

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