PK may work for the third front

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Prashant Kishor, In­dia's first star cam­paign man­ager, who is cred­ited to have cat­a­pulted Naren­dra Modi into a na­tional leader with mass hys­te­ria, and who is also said to be the brains be­hind Ni­tish Ku­mar se­cur­ing an­other shot in of­fice de­spite a very mighty BJP com­pet­ing with him in Bi­har, is now look­ing at op­tions be­yond the BJP and the Congress.

Kishor landed his first elec­tion dud with Ut­tar Pradesh where all his brains and brawns failed the Congress. First he was not able to re-en­er­gise the mori­bund party, which has been out of power in UP since 1989, and sec­ond, his sup­posed master-stroke of forg­ing a Sa­ma­jwadi Party-congress al­liance ended in hu­mil­i­a­tion with both par­ties get­ting hugely re­duced in size in the state. The BJP, on the other hand, se­cured a phe­nom­e­nal suc­cess de­spite no Chief Min­is­te­rial can­di­date.

Out of favour with both the BJP and the Congress, PK, as Prashant Kishor is pop­u­larly known, is now keen to work for the third or even the fourth front. PK fell out with the BJP way back in 2014 af­ter Naren­dra Modi's thump­ing win. De­spite Kishor's team work­ing overnight to trans­form Modi's image from that of a po­lar­is­ing Gu­jarat Chief Min­is­ter who al­legedly did not do enough

to stop the killing of Mus­lims in the 2002 Godhra ri­ots, to a tech­no­crat na­tional leader who alone would steer In­dia into su­per pow­er­dum, PK was not given his due share of the credit for the 2014 win. The BJP, it is widely spec­u­lated, even turned down his re­quest for a Ra­jya Sabha berth.

He joined hands with Modi's then bete noire and Bi­har Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar. His strong PR and booth-level strat­egy worked and Ni­tish hand­somely won in the 2015 Assem­bly elec­tions which also saw the BJP be­ing dec­i­mated de­spite all the hype that it would form the next gov­ern­ment in Bi­har.

Buoyed by his team's per­for­mance, Rahul Gandhi roped him to over­see the Congress cam­paigns in Ut­tar Pradesh and Pun­jab. But PK was not able to re­peat his pre­vi­ous suc­cess. It is said the old guard and re­gional lead­ers of the Congress end­lessly re­belled against the cam­paign man­ager and re­fused ba­sic co­op­er­a­tion. The re­sult was a hu­mil­i­at­ing loss in UP. In Pun­jab, it is again said that Amarinder Singh, the Congress can­di­date who even­tu­ally won and be­came Chief Min­is­ter, ac­quired all the ground re­ports and as­sess­ment from PK'S team and then sys­tem­at­i­cally marginalised them, lead­ing to a sit­u­a­tion where they were not cred­ited for the elec­tion suc­cess.

PK now is look­ing for par­ties that can join hands and form a nonBJP, non-congress al­ter­na­tive ahead of the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions. His In­dia Peo­ple's Ac­tion Com­mi­tee or I-PAC is said to be eye­ing the Gu­jarat elec­tion for the time be­ing. It is said they are in talks with Pati­dar ag­i­ta­tion leader Hardik Pa­tel and other like-minded par­ties to take on the BJP and the Congress when the state goes to the hus­tings later this year.

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