As five states brace for the upcoming assembly season, poll strategist Prashant Kishor has decided not to be involved with any party and extend his sabbatical instead.
As parties gear up for the upcoming assembly elections in five states, poll strategist Prashant Kishor has decided to keep away and extend his sabbatical. This puts to rest rumours of him joining a political outfit anytime soon.
Sources close to Prashant Kishor told India Today TV that he has decided to take a break and will not be taking up any assignment before March next year.
“He will not be playing any role from inside or outside any party till next year. He had announced that he wishes to retire from doing what he has already been doing. However, what he plans to do is still too early to say,” said the source.
This clearly means that Prashant Kishor is not keen on playing any role in the upcoming assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.
After TMC’s thumping victory in West Bengal, which had left BJP upset, Prashant Kishor had announced his retirement from election management. “I have been thinking of quitting for too long and was looking for an opportunity. Bengal gave me that chance,” he said.
Interestingly, Prashant Kishor’s distancing himself from a role in what is being considered the semi-final before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections come amidst several media reports saying that he could soon be joining the Congress bandwagon.
Stakes are high for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh as SP is going for a comeback and Congress is looking for a face-saver.
The Congress circles have been buzzing with rumours of Prashant Kishor being taken into the party fold. Significantly, with the party high command also holding meetings with senior leaders, including the G-23, on the implications of Prashant Kishor joining the age-old party has added more fuel to fire.