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‘Time to go to the real masters’: Prashant Kishor’s latest Cryptic tweet

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Election strategist Prashant Kishor began his Monday, May 2, with a tweet just barely hinting at what his next move will be after the latest breakdown of negotiations with the Congress for him to join and revive the 135-year-old outfit’s flagging fortunes.

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“My quest to be a meaningful participant in democracy & help shape pro-people policy led to a 10yr rollercoaster ride! As I turn the page, time to go to the Real Masters, THE PEOPLE, to better understand the issues & the path to Peoples Good Governance” Kishor said in a tweet today.

He accompanied it with the hashtag in Hindi ‘From Bihar’.

The announcement has come within a week of his statement on Twitter that he had declined the Coingress’ offer to join a group on strengthening the organization in the run-up to the 2024 general elections.

The announcement signalled Mr Kishor would return to his home state of Bihar, which was his base for a brief political stint four years ago when he joined Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party only to quit about 16 months later after a falling out with him.

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However, he left enough ambiguity in his tweet to fan speculation about whether he would launch a new political party or join an opposition outfit.

Sources said Mr Kishor planned to tour the state and was inclined away from the ruling BJP-Janata Dal United front as he has avoided meeting Nitish Kumar since his arrival. During his travels, Mr Kishor is likely to interact extensively with voters.

Announcing a political party at this stage would have also jeopardised any future talks with the Congress, sources said. They put a timeline of at least six months or a year before Mr Kishor made his next concrete announcement.

Prashant Kishor started out as an election strategist with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign for the 2014 national polls, and then went on to help defeat the BJP in 2015 in Bihar with a historic alliance between long-time rivals Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar.

He helmed Captain Amarinder Singh’s successful Punjab campaign for the Congress in 2017 and also the Uttar Pradesh flub, which he blamed on having his hands tied by the party.

He played major roles in Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s 2019 campaign, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s 2020 re-election, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin’s 2021 victory and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s historic win against the BJP the same year.

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