Star election strategist Prashant Kishor, who managed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, will be managing the Congress campaign for the assembly elections in Punjab. Mr Kishor confirmed this to media days after his group, Indian Political Action Committee or I-PAC, said they were "not involved in any state election campaign." "Yes, I am doing the campaign strategy for Captain Amarinder Singh and the decision was taken after a series of meetings with him," Mr Kishor told.
In the recently concluded state elections in Bihar, Mr Kishor had strategised the campaign for Nitish Kumar. The Grand Alliance had trounced the BJP in the elections. The Congress has been out of power in Punjab for the last nine years, having been defeated twice by ruling Akali-BJP combine. Assembly elections in the state will be held in 2017.
After reports of a meeting between Mr Kishor and Amarinder Singh last week, I-Pac, in a series of tweets, had said such reports were "completely baseless." "I-PAC or Prashant Kishor are not involved in any state elections or advising any political party or their leader in any capacity on their campaign strategy-directly or indirectly," their tweet read. Though nothing has been conveyed officially to the Congress high command, sources say Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh was keen to have Mr Kishor on board and the party has no objections.