After Initial Denial, Prashant Kishore Joins JD-U

Prashant Kishore joins JD-U in the presence of top party leaders in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Just days after he swore to retire from political scene and spend his time in doing public service at the 'grassroot' level, Prashant Kishor, the wonderkid from 2014 and 2015 who led the victories of Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections and Nitish Kumar in the Bihar Assembly elections, officially joined Janata Dal – U in the presence of the Chief Minister and other party leaders in Patna on Sunday.

Patna: Just days after he swore to retire from political scene and spend his time in doing public service at the 'grassroot' level, Prashant Kishor, the wonderkid from 2014 and 2015 who led the victories of Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections and Nitish Kumar in the Bihar Assembly elections, officially joined Janata Dal – U in the presence of the Chief Minister and other party leaders in Patna on Sunday.

Kishor was inducted into the party and welcomed by senior party leaders at the state executive meeting being held at the Chief Minister's residence.

Known for his ability to read voters' pulse and make strategic political decisions based on his findings, Kishore is expected to broker a deal on seat-sharing with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the run up of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and perhaps even explore possibilities of a return to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Grand Alliance in the event a satisfactory deal is not reached between the JD-U and the BJP.

Prashant Kishore (fourth from left) with other JD-U leaders in Patna on Sunday.Prashant Kishore (fourth from left) with other JD-U leaders in Patna on Sunday.

It was only last week when Kishore had said that he had no intention of joining any political party and was looking forward to working with the people at the grassroots level.

Referring himself in third person, Kishore had said that he would not be campaigning for anyone in 2019 as he was deeply involved in running his Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) that, according to his website, is a 'cross-party advocacy group, which endeavors to support the election of visionary, progressive and inclusive leaders to public offices.'

"Since its establishment in 2015, IPAC has grown over 20 times that requires more of my attention and time. I will not be campaigning for any political party in the 2019 elections, Kishore had said last Sunday while interacting with students at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad.

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