Mumbai: Ahead of the 2022 Assembly polls, political strategist Prashant Kishor has resigned as Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh’s Principal Advisor, citing his decision to take a “temporary break” from an active role in public life.
“In view of my decision to take a temporary break from an active role in public life, I’ve not been able to take over the responsibilities as your Principal Advisor. I request you to kindly relieve me from this responsibility,” Prashant Kishor wrote in a letter to the Captain.
The Captain had appointed Kishor as his principal advisor in March this year and was given the rank of a cabinet minister.
The CMO had said that Kishor would work for free and would be given a nominal honorarium of Re 1 per month. However, he will be entitled to allowances including government accommodation, half a dozen staff members, free transport, free air travel, telephone and medical facilities.
Amarinder had brought Kishor along before the 2017 elections. Under the leadership of Capt., the Grand Old Party won a thumping majority by winning 77 seats.
Kishor has been demanding a national role in Congress and wants a “part” in deciding the party’s affairs, according to a report in The Times of India.
Kishor has also suggested that the high command should form a special advisory committee under the chairmanship of party president Sonia Gandhi. The panel will take all political decisions like forming alliances and finalizing campaign strategies.
Kishor’s Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) helped the Trinamool Congress stop the BJP’s dominance in West Bengal. While Mamata Banerjee’s party got 213 seats, the saffron party got 77 seats.
Before the results, the political strategist had predicted that the BJP would not cross 100 seats in Bengal.
Rewarding Kishor, TMC extended its association with I-PAC till the next assembly election in 2026.