Since the Congress party showcased an extremely poor performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh as well as in other states, talks were on air about Congress’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor. Now, a poster has been put up at the party’s Lucknow office which announces an offer of a five-lakh award for finding Kishor, who has ‘disappeared’ ever since the extraordinary defeat.
The poster, which has already been taken down had a large photo of Rajesh Singh, a Congressman for more than two decades who has served four times as a secretary for the UP Congress. Singh has been suspended on Sunday from the party for six years for his missive against Kishor.
Kishor was handpicked by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi to manage the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Reports suggest that he was the one to suggest the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance.
The penalty was declared at a meeting held over the weekend between Raj Babbar, the actor-turned-politician who was made president of the Congress in UP ahead of the election, and the modest group of seven newly-elected state legislators from the party, NDTV reported.
This was the Congress’ worst performance the state and Kishor has been facing criticism.
I stand by what I did. Prashant Kishor took us for a ride. We are honest workers who have given our blood and sweat for the party. Yet our views in the election were totally ignored. This (defeat) is the result of hiring these consultants who are out to make a quick buckRajesh Singh, Congress leader
Kishor was also credited with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s huge victory in 2014. Then, two years later, he signed up with the Congress to handle its election campaign in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. The hill state of Uttarakhand was a late addition to his tasks. The Congress won Punjab but was totally lost in UP and Uttarakhand, where BJP swept the seats.