PATNA: Election Guru Prashant Kishor, who played crucial role in running successful campaigns for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 elections, joined the Janata Dal (United) in Patna on Sunday to help chief minister Nitish Kumar in Lok Sabha elections next year.
Excited to start my new journey from Bihar!
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) September 16, 2018
The 41-year-old was inducted into JD(U) by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna.
“He is the future I tell you”, the Bihar chief minister told NDTV about Kishor, before a party meeting in Patna.
He is mainly known as man behind Narendra Modi’s 2014 LS win.
Last week, Prashant Kishor confirmed his career shift at an interaction with students of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad. He said he was “done with campaigning for individuals and he was ready for “electoral politics.”
A trained public health expert, Kishor was earlier associated with the United Nations before his foray into Indian politics.
Also, in 2012, Kishor guided the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, to his third term as the head of the state.
Kishor first advised Nitish Kumar and helped the Grand Alliance of JD-(U), Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress win in Bihar in 2015. He then moved to the Congress in 2016, where his record was mixed.
Prashant Kishor came to be known as Chanakya of Nitish Kumar and their association has continued even after Mr Kumar joined hands with the BJP.
Sources said Prashant Kishor may be given the task of negotiating with BJP for seat sharing arrangement. “He may become number 2 within JDU. He joins the JDU at a time when NDA allies – BJP, JDU, LJP and RLSP-are struggling hard to give final shape to the seat sharing arrangement”, a source in JDU told Economic Times.