Prashant Kishor says he won’t work for Nitish Kumar

New Delhi: Election strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor said he would not work for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, not even if Nitish vacates the CM’s chair for him.

Prashant Kishor said he has made a promise to the people and that can’t be changed. He has also revealed that in the last meeting between them — after Nitish Kumar walked out of the NDA alliance in Bihar and became the chief minister of the Mahagathbandhan in the state — he was requested by Nitish Kumar to join the JD(U).

“I categorically told the CM that I will not work with him even if he (Nitish Kumar) makes me his political heir or …vacates the chair of CM for me. I said no…I have made a promise to the people…it can’t be changed,” Prashant Kishor said, as he addressed a gathering at Jamunia village in the West Champaran district as part of his ongoing 3,500-km Jan Suraah yatra.

Prashant Kishor made frequent references to Nitish Kumar in his addresses during the yatra. “You all must have learned through media reports that Nitish Kumar had called me to his residence about 10-15 days back. He asked me to lead his party. I said it is not possible,” Prashant Kishor said.

“After losing the 2014 (Lok Sabha) polls, he met me in Delhi, begging for help. I assisted him in winning the 2015 assembly polls as the chief ministerial candidate of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’. Today, he has the temerity to offer ‘gyan’ (wisdom) to me,” he said.

Prashant Kishor joined the JD(U) in 2018 and became the national vice president but was later expelled from the party following a disagreement with Nitish Kumar over the Citizenship Amendment Act.

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