Patna, Jan 22: After working closely with PM Narendra Modi during 2014 Lok Sabha elections and with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during 2015 state assembly elections, the man who grabbed the centre of attention-- Prashant Kishor, is all set to get what he deserves.
37-year-old Prashant has been appointed as an advisor to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, with cabinet minister rank.
Prashant Kishor has been appointed as advisor to the CM for Planning and Programme Implementation, a notification issued by state Cabinet Coordination Committee last night said.
He would have a status of cabinet minister and get allowance of that level, the notification bearing signature of Principal Secretary Cabinet Coordination Department Brajesh Mehrotra stated.
In the present role, Kishor would have the responsibility to formulate plan and supervise timely implementation of developmental programmes.
Prashant, who is a native of Bihar, had an instant connection with the locals of Bihar and successfully managed to turn the tide in Nitish-Lalu favour.
Prashant getting ready for Punjab polls
Meanwhile, it was also reported on Tuesday, Jan 19, that Prashant will show his midas touch in 2017 Punjab assembly elections, in favour of state's veteran Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh.
Prashant is likely to visit Punjab in February for 2-3 days to assess the political situation there and to plan his strategy for the election campaign.
There were reports that claimed that Prashant had received feelers from Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress for plying his trade in this year's West Bengal assembly elections.
How he became a lucky man for Modi & Nitish
For trouncing Modi to a thumping victory in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Prashant came up with innovative ideas like "chai pe charcha" (chat over tea) and 3D hologram rallies.
In 2015, he turned out to be an architect for Bihar's grand alliance. Ahead of the Bihar polls, Kishor had switched allegiance to Nitish Kumar, and helped set up a "War room". He also played a key role in improving the JD(U) media cell and devised novel campaign strategies.
He is regarded in political circle as "Chanakya" of Nitish Kumar who crafted a well thought out strategy for him during recent Bihar elections.
About Prashant Kishor
In 2011, Prashant returned to India to form a team of young professionals, after quitting a lucrative job, as the UN health expert in Africa. [Know all about Prashant Kishor]
Before 2014 general elections, Prashant had formed 'Citizens for Accountable Governance' (CAG), along with a group of youngsters. But post LS elections, it was dissolved.
Presently, he heads the Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC), led by a young team of technocrats. Prashant's political innings began long back in 2007, when he had met Rahul Gandhi, who was then Congress's general secretary.