Prashant Kishor resigns as principal advisor to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh; likely to join Congress

Political Strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday resigned from his post as Principal Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, months ahead of the 2022 assembly elections in the state.

In his resignation to Singh, Kishore said that he is yet to decide on his future course of action.

“As you are aware, in view of my decision to take a temporary break from an active role in public life, I have not been able to take over the responsibilities as your Principal Advisor. Since I am yet to decide on my future course of action, I write to request you to kindly relieve me from this responsibility,” Kishor said while thanking Singh in his letter.

In March 2021, Amarinder Singh had appointed Kishor as his principal advisor, a year ahead of the assembly polls.

Kishor’s resignation indicates his transition from a poll strategist and advisor to an active politician. His resignation comes at a time when there are speculations of his entry into the party. Kishor is seeking for a national role in the Congress party and supposedly wants to be part of a decision-making of the party affairs.

Founder of the Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC), Kishor was accredited with planning and executing the Captain Amarinder Singh-led Congress’ strategy in the 2017 polls in Punjab, which was won by the Congress with a thumping majority, winning 77 of the 117 seats.

Kishor has conducted many number of successful election campaigns. Some of which include the BJP’s 2014 campaign, the 2015 Mahagathbandhan’s campaign in Bihar, the Punjab campaign for Amarinder Singh in 2017, the YSRCP Andhra Pradesh campaign in 2019 and the campaigns for the TMC in West Bengal and DMK in Tamil Nadu,this year.

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