JD(U) has nothing to do with Prashant Kishor's activities in West Bengal: Nitish Kumar

PTI Patna Jun 08, 2019, 10.38 PM(IST)

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"Kishor's activities in West Bengal are not in his capacity as a JD(U) leader," the JD(U) chief said, adding Kishore has been in touch with various parties as head of an organisation that advises them on their poll strategies.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday distanced his party from Prashant Kishor's decision to offer services as a poll strategist to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the JD(U) has nothing to do with it.

"Kishor's activities in West Bengal are not in his capacity as a JD(U) leader," the JD(U) chief said, adding Kishore has been in touch with various parties as head of an organisation that advises them on their poll strategies.

His remarks came after the decision vy Kishor, a JD(U) vice president, to work with Banerjee's Trinamool Congress for the 2021 assembly polls raised eyebrows. The TMC is locked in a fierce electoral battle with the BJP, an ally of Nitish Kumar's JD(U).

Though Kumar evaded a direct reply on whether the JD(U) will seek an explanation, he expressed hope that Kishor will be able to answers all the questions on Sunday when the party's national executive meet.

"Kishor joined our party in September last year and we assigned him an important role. But he also heads an organisation that specialises in devising poll strategies for political parties. In that capacity, he has been in touch with various political parties. The JD(U) has nothing to do with it," Kumar told reporters here.

He was responding to queries at the JD(U) state headquarters after launching a nationwide membership drive aimed at expanding the party base.

"We have nothing to do with his activities in West Bengal. We do not even know what type of services his company will be providing in the neighbouring state. 

"But we understand this episode has given rise to many misgivings in the media unlike in the past when he similarly offered professional help to the YSR Congress headed by Jaganmohan Reddy which swept to power in Andhra Pradesh," the CM said.

"However, these are matters on which Kishor himself can shed some light. He will be here on Sunday when the party's national executive will meet. We hope that he will come up with an explanation that answers all the questions," Kumar said.