Prashant Kishor, Now The Second Most Powerful In Nitish Kumar's JDU

Prashant Kishor, Now The Second Most Powerful In Nitish Kumar

Prashant Kishor, Now The Second Most Powerful In Nitish Kumar's JDU (file image)

New Delhi: The political strategist, Prashant Kishor who joined Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) last month, has been officially declared as the second most powerful man in Bihar's ruling party.

Today, Mr kishor was declared the national vice president of the Janata Dal (United), second only to its president, Nitish Kumar.

No one has ever held that post before.

The man behind the winning poll strategy for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, Prashant Kishor is seen to be close to Nitish Kumar. When he joined the party, the Chief Minister told NDTV: "He is the future I tell you."

KC Tyagi, the party spokesperson said Mr Kishor's appointment would help the party reach out to social segments out of its traditional support base.

He added that the the move would strengthen the Janata Dal (United) as Mr Kishor's expertise will boost the party as it prepares for the 2019 national election. He added that the JDU would also chart a new course "outside traditional methods of socialist politics"

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"I am grateful for the responsibility and the honour of leading the party. I am committed to Bihar and Nitish ji's's idea of social justice with development," Mr Kishor tweeted.

The move has caused heartburn in the ranks even though Nitish Kumar sounded out almost all his senior party colleagues about the debutant's incredible promotion.

The primary responsibility of Mr Kishor will be to manage the party's campaign for the 2019 polls and take on the challenging job of coordinating with the BJP while making sure its candidates get a good bargain in seat-sharing.

The sources say that the Bihar CM wants to assess Mr Kishor on how he delivers on his strategic skills when it comes to votes on the ground. Despite Nitish Kumar being voted to power for three consecutive terms since 2005, the ruling party's committed vote bank has remained below 20 per cent.

Apart from PM Modi, Mr Kishor has worked for the grand alliance of the JDU, Lalu Yadav's RJD Party and the Congress in Bihar, which defeated the BJP in the 2015 state polls. Later he also worked with the Congress in the Punjab and Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

According to the sources, Nitish Kumar believes that Mr Kishor's skills can help him navigate alliance politics at a time the BJP under PM Modi and its president Amit Shah are seen to be ceding very little ground to its allies.

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