Political strategist-turned-activist Prashant Kishor on Saturday ruled out the possibility of running for office himself, but reiterated his commitment to building a “better alternative” for his home state of Bihar.
Addressing a press conference here, he also lambasted JD(U) executives for alleging that he was a ‘dhandhebaaz’ (trader) with little political savvy, and challenged them to ask the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar “why he made me stay at his residence for two years”.
“Why should I challenge the polls? I don’t have such aspirations,” the I-PAC founder quipped when repeatedly asked if he was considering getting into the business himself. electoral arena.
He was speaking on the eve of the district convention, for West Champaran, scheduled for Sunday, where people’s opinions will be sought on whether the ‘Jan Suraaj’ campaign should become a political party.
Kishor, who is on a 3,500 km long “padayatra” in the state, said similar polls will be held in all districts of the state based on which the next course of action will be decided.
Kisor claimed that Kumar would praise him again if he joined his “political enterprise”.
“Since I charted an independent path for myself, he and his lackeys have not been happy with me,” he said.
“JD(U) leaders like to scold me. They should ask Nitish Kumar what I did in his house for two years if I had no political understanding,” he added.
Responding to a question, Kishor said he has no regrets about working with Kumar in the past.
“There is a world of difference between what he (Kumar) was 10 years ago and what he is now. any kind of compromise to stay in power,” he said.
Mocking the grand alliance government’s promise to create 10 lakh jobs a year, Kishor said, “I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again – if they keep the promise, I’ll give up my job. country.”
(Inputs from PTI)