In March 2021, Captain Amarinder Singh appointed Prashant Kishor as his Principal Advisor, ahead of the state’s 2022 Assembly elections.
CHANDIGARH (PUNJAB) — Prashant Kishor, a political strategist, resigned as Principal Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday, ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections.
Kishor claimed in his resignation letter that he will be unable to perform his duties as the Principal Advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister because he has decided to take a brief vacation from public life.
“As you are aware, in view of my decision to take a temporary break from active role in public life, I have not been able to take over the responsibilities as your Principal Advisor,” his letter read.
Pertinently, Captain Amarinder Singh named Kishor as his Principal Advisor in March this year, ahead of the state’s 2022 Assembly elections.
Political strategist’s role in Punjab Assembly Election 2017
Kishor was engaged by the Congress in 2016 for the 2017 Punjab Assembly Elections to assist Amarinder Singh’s campaign after the Congress lost two consecutive Assembly elections in Punjab.
Kishor and his crew have been recognised by News channels like Zee News for Congress’ victory in Punjab. Several Congress stalwarts, including Randeep Surjewala and Shankersinh Vaghela, have publicly credited Kishor for the victory.
Prashant Kishor and his team and their efforts were absolutely essential to our victory in Punjab, the Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had tweeted after the victory.
Prashant Kishor has worked with veteran politicians
The election strategist had previously been hired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee‘s Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021.
He had previously stated that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) performs any better in the state of Bengal than his prediction, he would leave micro-blogging site Twitter.
Apart from Mamata Banerjee and Captain Amarinder Singh, Kishor served as a political strategist for a number of political parties, assisting them in winning different elections.
Retirement as Election Strategist
After the victory of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections and DMK in 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections, Prashant announced that he was quitting as an election strategist.
“I do not want to continue what I am doing. I have done enough. Time for me to take a break and do something else in life. I want to quit this space,” Kishor told NDTV anchor Sreenivasan Jain on live TV during an interview on May 2, 2021.