Election strategist Prashant Kishor, reacting to his former mentor Nitish Kumar’s digging that he wants to get involved with the BJP, today posted his reaction with a set of photos, without comment. One tweet, now deleted, contained four photos in which Nitish Kumar was seen smiling at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The latest showdown between Nitish Kumar and his one-time number two party member was triggered by Prashant Kishor’s taunts after Minister Bihar recently swapped allies, dismantled the BJP and established a political new coalition government with Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD and Parliament.
“Nitish Kumar was with paksh (ruling party) a month ago and now he is with vipaksh (Opposition). How reliable that is is up to people to decide. But I don’t think the new area in Bihar will have any major impact on the country. I see it as a state-specific development. I don’t think it will have any impact on national politics, but anyone is free to try,” said Prashant Kishor or “PK”.
The comment is seen as downplaying Nitish Kumar’s importance as a national player who can challenge Prime Minister Modi in the 2024 election.
Mr. Kumar mocked PK’s assessment while speaking to reporters in Delhi after a series of meetings with leaders such as Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Sharad Pawar amid public uproar over his becoming opposition prime ministerial candidate.
“That man (PK) went with me and then I told him to quit this job and come to me. But he didn’t listen to me and all over the country kept working for so many parties… that’s his job. (dhandha)“, Mr. Kumar told reporters.
“In Bihar, whatever he wants to do, he is welcome. But his statements are irrelevant and you talk about statements but he does know ABC about what we did. and how much work has been done since 2005 like this, then try to understand that he must have something on his mind. Like he wants to be with the BJP or help the BJP secretly,” the minister mocked.
PK, a polling strategist with an impressive client list that includes the BJP, Congress and the Trinamool Congress, was elected as the number two Bihar Chief in Janata Dal United but was fired within two years. for “undisciplined” after his sharp publicity. criticism of his then-boss.