Prashant Kishor is not only a campaigner, pollster, and strategist but a potential pointsman proposing and planning skills for electoral battles and contests. Always at ease with his creativity and craft reasonably and responsibly representing his sides aiding and assisting their electoral victories. From organizing a ‘Chai pe charcha (talk over tea)’ for Modi in 2014 to a ‘Bengal ki beti (Bengal’s daughter)’ for Mamta didi in 2021 he has always been particular in arousing and mobilizing the emotions and sentiments of the common and ordinary.
Nitish Kumar was pushed to the periphery of Bihar politics after Prashant Kishor’s departure.
Though there were murmurs of Kishor launching his political party after he parted ways with Nitish Kumar over differences in administering Janta Dal-United giving up on his profile as the party’s Vice President. ‘Baat Bihar ki (talking about Bihar)’ was Prashant Kishor’s brainchild for highlighting Nitish Kumar’s regime misrule and misgovernance. Significantly impacting Nitish’s poll prospects bringing him down to forty-three seats as compared to JDU’s alliance partner BJP’s seventy-four seats in the Bihar assembly.
Lok Janshakti Party’s Chirag Paswan was the key to helping Tejashwi’s RJD to lead over his rival in closely contested seats. Prashant Kishor was not directly involved in the Bihar elections but it has been argued that Nitish had to pay the price for a decision pre-empted by Kishor with Chirag and Tejashwi as the medium.
Don’t we know how Prashant Kishor in October 2015 gave the Grand Alliance – JDU, RJD, and Congress a run for its money by getting them hundred and seventy-eight of the two and forty-three assembly seats? In this regard, the ascendancy of the Bhartiya Janta Party can be better understood as for Nitish who long ago was pushed to the periphery after walking out of the alliance with Rashtriya Janta Dal.
Laloo Prasad Yadav could have been ideal in safeguarding Nitish Kumar’s political constituency of Kurmi as for a Bhartiya Janta Party building a coalition of smaller castes- Kurmi, Koeri, Dhanuk, Nonia, Musahar, Paswan, etc. This, leading to Nitish’s downslide a fact grasped by Prashant in 2017. Is Bihar still not grappling with the law and order situation? How can a merger with Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP bring respite for Nitish Kumar? Nitish knows that now there is no point in crawling back to Laloo so is making peace with BJP as for his prejudiced pride.
Prashant Kishor is not a theoretician like Yogendra Yadav and Sanjay Kumar but a realist practitioner and multi-tasker of politics acquainted with the rules of the play. Appointed as Principal advisor to Captain Amarinder Singh’s Congress government in Punjab simultaneously putting his weight behind Didi’s TMC in Bengal as well as for the DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu.
Come what may he is always on his feet.