Poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday resigned as Principal Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, saying “he’s resigning in view of his decision to take a temporary break from public life”.
“As you are aware, in view of my decision to take a temporary break from active role in public life, I have not been able to take over the responsibilities as your Principal Advisor. Since I am yet to decide on my future course of action, I write to request you to kindly relieve me from this responsibility,” Kishor said in a letter to the Chief Minister.
The political strategist was appointed as Principal Advisor to Punjab CM on March 1 with a token honorarium of Re 1 per month and taken charge of his post on March 18. He however, did not attend his office thereafter.
However, he was entitled to a fully-furnished government residence and camp office, executive class travel, official vehicle, medical facilities and secretarial staff as admissible to a cabinet minister.
His appointment was announced by Amarinder Singh himself on social media. He had said, “Happy to share that @PrashantKishor has joined me as my principal advisor. Look forward to working together for the betterment of people of Punjab!”
It is still being rumoured that Kishor, who has good relations with the Chief Minister, would still be unofficially extending help of his IPAC team to the Congress during the upcoming 2022 elections.
As Kishor has been meeting various national and state level important leaders in the recent past and also had meetings with Rahul Gandhi, it is being considered that he wants to play a role at national level. Since he has worked for Mamata Banerjee and met various leaders across India, it is said that he is trying to unite the opposition to put up a fight against BJP-led NDA in 2024 elections.