Shocking: Got Calls From Amit Shah Twice to Give Prashant Kishor a Post in JD(U), Says Nitish Kumar
Journalist Ravish Kumar said, "One has to wonder why Amit Shah did not induct Prashant Kishor into his party!"
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah had allegedly nudged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar into inducting poll strategist Prashant Kishor into the Janata Dal (United).
On January 15 at an event organised by a private news channel, Kumar, while responding to queries as to whether he looked at the poll strategist- turned-politician as his political successor, claimed: “For the first time, I would like to make it public that giving a party post to Prashant Kishor was not entirely my decision. I got calls from Amit Shah twice to give him a post in the party.”
“He was not a newcomer for us. He had worked with us in the 2015 assembly polls. For a brief period, he was busy elsewhere. Please let it be known that none other than Amit Shah had asked me twice to induct Kishor in the JD(U),” he said, adding, “Prashant Kishor has been assigned the task of attracting young talent, from all social segments to politics which was becoming inaccessible to those not born in political families.”
“I have a lot of affection for Prashant Kishor. But please, let us not talk in terms of successors. This is not a monarchy,” Kumar said, adding that he also had “a lot of love” for Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, his former deputy, “irrespective of the acerbic language he uses against me”.
NDTV anchor Ravish Kumar, remarking on Nitish Kumar’s admission, wrote on Facebook: “If you have a party and are unable to fill any position, from a party worker to a vice president, please contact Amit Shah. Cannot help but laugh that Nitish Kumar said this. One has to wonder why Amit Shah did not induct Prashant Kishor into his party!”
Kishor was inducted into the JD(U) in September 2018 and was elevated to the post of national vice-president weeks later triggering speculation that he was being thought of by Kumar as his political heir. Kishor has been credited with crafting the winning strategy for the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, and also for delivering the 2015 Bihar polls for Nitish Kumar.