I won’t be contesting elections myself: Prashant Kishor

Former political strategist Prashant Kishor ruled out running for office himself, but reiterated his commitment to build a “better alternative” for Bihar.

As part of a press conference here on Saturday, he lambasted JD(U) leaders for alleging that he was a “dhandhebaaz” (trader) with little political ability, and challenged them to ask Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, “why he had me living at his residence for two years”.

Is there any reason why I should contest polls? After being repeatedly asked whether he intended to run for office, the I-PAC founder snapped, “I have no such ambitions.”.

The speaker was speaking on the eve of the district convention for West Champaran scheduled for Sunday, where people have been asked to express their opinions on whether or not the “Jan Suraaj” campaign should become a political party.

A similar people’s poll will be held in all districts of the state based on the results of the poll, which Kishor is undertaking as part of his 3,500 km “padayatra” through the state.

In his report, Kisor claimed Kumar would once again shower him with encomiums if he joined his “political enterprise”.

He and his lackeys are unhappy with me because I have charted an independent course for myself.

It is common for JD(U) leaders to berate me. “Nitish Kumar ought to ask me what I was doing at his residence for two years if I had no understanding of politics,” he added.

In response to a question, Kishor said that he did not regret having worked with Kumar in the past.

There is a stark difference between Kumar’s status ten years ago and his current status. In 2014, he surrendered his chairmanship and took moral responsibility for the drubbing his party received in the Lok Sabha elections. In order to remain in power, he is willing to make any compromise he may have to make,” Kishor stated.

As Kishor mocked the grand alliance government’s promise to create 10 lakh jobs annually, he said, “I have said it many times, I will give up my campaign if they keep their promise.”

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