Poll strategist Prashant Kishor to part ways with Congress?

prashant-kishorNEW DELHI: Master poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who successfully designed Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha election campaign and Nitish Kumar’s 2015 Bihar Assembly polls campaign, was recently roped in by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to recreate the same magic for the party in next year’s Punjab and Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.

However, if reports are to be believed, all is not well between Kishor and some Congress leaders leaders of UP and Punjab.A News18 report said that Kishor, who is now managing the election campaign of Captain Amarinder Singh of Congress party in Punjab Assembly polls next year and the crucial 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections, has been facing opposition from some sections of the grand old party over his style of functioning.
Kishor, who has become a phenomenon in the Indian political arena, has made it amply clear that if there is interference in his style of working, he would quit.Congress is out of power in Punjab for the past nine years and is making strenuous efforts to oust the SAD-BJP combine from power, at a time when AAP has emerged as a significant player in the state.
In UP also, the grand old party is in shatters where it once ruled. Congress, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had won only two of out of 80 seats in UP. In 403-member UP legislative assembly, Congress has only 29 MLAs.
Meanwhile, Congress has said there was no turf war between Punjab Congress chief and strategist Prashant Kishor in the key poll-bound state.”There is no communication gap between them…..Kishor will have no role in organisation matters and he will have no role in ticket distribution”, party general secretary Shakeel Ahmed told reporters.

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