- Prashant Kishor also adds in a letter to Amarinder Singh that he hasn’t made up his mind about his next move.
- Prashant Kishor had played a significant role to unite the warring chief minister and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
- Prashant Kishor collaborated with Amarinder ahead of the 2017 polls.
Prashant Kishor, a poll strategist, has resigned as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s Principal Advisor, claiming his desire to “take a temporary sabbatical from active engagement in public life.”
Prashant Kishor also adds in a letter to Amarinder Singh that he hasn’t made up his mind about his next move.
“As you are aware, I have been unable to take on the responsibilities as your Principal Advisor due to my choice to take a temporary break from active participation in public life. I’m writing to ask you to please relieve me of this responsibility because I haven’t decided what I’m going to do next,” Mr. Kishor says in his letter to Captain Amarinder Singh.
The action is likely to dissatisfy the Chief Minister ahead of the Punjab election next year, which he is approaching while maintaining a tenuous truce with his rival Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Amarinder Singh announced the strategist’s appointment in March, while Mr Kishor was overseeing a tumultuous Bengal campaign for Mamata Banerjee against the BJP.
“Happy to share that Prashant Kishor has joined me as my principal advisor. Look forward to working together for the betterment of people of Punjab!” – Mr Singh, also known as “Captain,” tweeted. In Punjab, the strategist was promoted to cabinet rank.
According to sources close to Mr. Kishor, he never really committed to the job.
Since then, a lot has changed.
“There is no point getting involved in state elections when the entire focus is on 2024,” the sources added, referring to the opposition’s efforts to unite ahead of the next general election.
Mr Kishor has been driven into the thick of political activity in Delhi as a result of Mamata Banerjee’s victory in Bengal, which has given opposition parties a huge boost as they prepare to take on the BJP in the general election of 2024.
He met with all three Gandhis last month to discuss the potential of a more active participation in the 2024 campaign, whether as an adviser or as a Congress member.
Mr Kishor continues to assist Mamata Banerjee, who recently made her first trip to Delhi since her election victory and held politically significant discussions, indicating that she is ready for a larger political role beyond Bengal. In Delhi, the Bengal Chief Minister also met with Mr Kishor.