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Prashant Kishor Resigns as Principal Advisor to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Back in March, Amarinder Singh had tweeted saying that Prashant Kishor had joined him as Principal Advisor.

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Political strategist Prashant Kishor has joined Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s team as his political advisor, Singh said in a tweet on Monday, 1 March.
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Poll strategist Prashant Kishor has resigned from the post of principal advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh months before the Assembly elections in the state.

“In view of my decision to take a temporary break from active role in public life, I’ve not been able to take over the responsibilities as your principal advisor. I request you to kindly relieve me from this responsibility,” Kishor told Singh, according to news agency ANI.

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Back in March this year, Amarinder Singh had tweeted saying, “Happy to share that @PrashantKishor has joined me as my Principal Advisor. Look forward to working together for the betterment of the people of Punjab!”

Soon after Singh had announced it on Twitter, the Punjab Cabinet cleared Kishor’s appointment as: “Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister,” the state government had said in a statement.

Kishor's Likely Induction in the Congress Party

Kishor and his political strategy company I-PAC has been instrumental in designing campaign strategy for Opposition parties and his recent success with Trinamool Congress in the West Bengal Assembly Elections has even caught the eye of the Congress leadership.

On 13 July, Kishor met with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at his residence in Delhi. According to reports, party leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, KC Venugopal, and Harish Rawat were also at Gandhi's residence when the meeting took place.

Ever since then, buzz in political corridors regarding his future role in the Congress party have come up, specifically regarding a new post of General Secretary in-charge for election strategy.

According to a Hindustan Times report, Gandhi has told Kishor to join the Congress if he is interested in helping the party win elections. The report, citing Congress sources, states that Kishor's plan involves a complete organisational overhaul of the party, including a new parliamentary board.

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Citing Congress sources, The Times of India reports that Kishor has suggested the Congress top brass to set up a special advisory committee under party president Sonia Gandhi.

“He wants a national role, and is not hooked on the usual sought-after designations like AICC general secretary,” reported Times of India, quoting a Congress senior leader.

The Congress is preparing for polls in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and some northeastern states in 2022. Kishor has recently handled campaigns of the Trinamool Congress, the DMK and the YSRCP and has relations across party lines.

Kishor has been meeting Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar, and their frequent meetings had fuelled speculations on the creation of a "third front" to combat the BJP. But Kishor has categorically rejected this possibility, and insisted that without Congress, it can't be possible to challenge the BJP.

(With inputs from Hindustan Times, The Times of India, IANS)

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