Poll strategist Prashant Kishor may resign to save BJP-JD-U alliance in Bihar
Kishor is currently vice-president of JD-U led by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar
PATNA: Poll strategist and JD-U’s vice-president Prashant Kishor may resign soon from his party after his meeting with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, media reports have said.
Kishor’s meeting with Banerjee, also Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, on Thursday in Kolkata has brought embarrassment to the JD-U which is an ally of the BJP.
Relations between the BJP and the TMC chief have soured of late and the JD-U too is aware of the fact that Kishor’s association with the TMC without resigning from the party could badly impact its relations with the BJP. The JD-U-BJP relation is already passing through a critical phase.
JD-U sources said the issue could come up for discussion during party’s national executive meeting scheduled on June 9 in Patna.
“We are aware of his (Kishor’s) meeting with West Bengal CM. He should explain what talks he had with the Bengal CM and in what capacity,” JD-U’s principal general secretary KC Tyagi told the media.
As per media reports, the West Bengal CM has roped in Kishor to chalk out poll strategy for his party after TMC’s severe electoral reverses in the just-held Lok Sabha polls.
The TMC faced serious challenges from the BJP which won 18 seats—an increase of 16 seats, against TMC’s 22. The next assembly elections in West Bengal are due in 2021.
According to a report in The Times of India, he will officially start working for the TMC after one month. He had a two hour-long meeting with Banjerjee on Thursday.
Kishor who is credited with scripting Jaganmohan’s spectacular victory in Andhra Pradesh has earlier worked for BJP, JD-U and Congress.