AAP wave in Delhi: Another victory for Prashant Kishor’s company

AAP wave in Delhi: Another victory for Prashant Kishor’s company

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After the roaring success of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi polls, all eyes are now on Prashant Kishor as his company was managing the election campaign for AAP.

With this electoral victory, election strategist Prashant Kishor and his firm Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) has become dearer to most of the political parties. Kejriwal roped in Kishor’s outfit I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) in December last year, just 2 months before the February 8 elections. Prashant Kishor advised the AAP leaders to not respond to the negative campaigning of the BJP, which were focused more on the anti-CAA protests in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh. The strategy of keeping ‘cool’ despite BJP’s provocation has given huge advantages for AAP and Kejriwal.

Latest trends received by the afternoon showed Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) leading on 62 out of 70 seats in Delhi. The AAP had won 67 seats in the 2015 Assembly polls.

Following the AAP’s killing success, Kishor took to Twitter to write: "Thank you Delhi for standing up to protect the soul of India".

Currently, Prashant Kishor and his company are working for Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, MK Stalin’s DMK in Tamil Nadu, apart from Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP in Delhi. He was the brainchild behind the mega alliance of Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) forming the government in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena owes a lot to Prashant Kishor as his strategy led Uddhav Thackeray to the Chief Minister’s chair as the first Thackeray CM in history. He was the election strategist for the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh for the 2019 assembly elections where Jagan Mohan Reddy led party won 151 seats out of 175 seats in the state.Prashant Kishor was behind the success of Amarinder Singh in Punjab.

Prashant Kishor entered into the business of political advocacy in 2014 and his company first changed the contours of political campaigning by introducing Narendra Modi's famous 'chai pe charcha' campaign in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. In that election, Narendra Modi could create a huge wave across India.

It also brought JD(U) leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to power in 2015. But recently the relationship between Nitish Kumar and Prashant Kishor has soured over the CAA issue. Prashant had warned Nitish Kumar against extending his JD(U) party's alliance with the BJP beyond Bihar, in the Delhi election. Nitish Kumar did not react for several weeks. After an acrimonious public exchange, the chief minister expelled both Mr Kishor and another aide, Pavan Varma, who had outed private conversations in which he claimed Nitish Kumar had talked about feeling "humiliated" by the BJP.

It was a dramatic move for Nitish Kumar just months before elections in Bihar, especially as Mr Kishor had helped him win the previous assembly polls in 2015.