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Prashant Kishor says it is not an easy job and 'god, bad, ugly', he has done his bit. (HT_PRINT)

Prashant Kishor wants to quit poll strategising, says 'have had enough'

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 02, 2021 04:24 PM IST
'Good., bad, ugly, I have done my bit. It's a tough job. I have been doing this for 8-9 years," Prashant Kishor says Assembly elections 2021 become Kishor's swan song as an election strategist.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting, Jalpaiguri district, December 16, 2020(ANI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting, Jalpaiguri district, December 16, 2020(ANI)

How the TMC is fighting the BJP juggernaut in Bengal

UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:36 PM IST
The Trinamool Congress has made dramatic changes to its organisational power structure and launched two key mass outreach programmes
Prashant Kishor had earlier helped the BJP, Aam Aadmi Party and the YSR Congress Party win elections. (Photo Reuters)
Prashant Kishor had earlier helped the BJP, Aam Aadmi Party and the YSR Congress Party win elections. (Photo Reuters)

Prashant Kishor spotlights BJP’s ‘struggle’ in Bengal polls, party reacts

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 03:16 PM IST
This was the first such statement from Prashant Kishor, who avoids the media and does not comment on the work done by him and his company, that has been targeted not only by dissidents in the Trinamool but BJP leaders as well.
Political strategist Prashant Kishor heads the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC).(PTI)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor heads the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC).(PTI)

‘Will leave this space if...’: Prashant Kishor’s prediction ahead of Bengal assembly polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 12:19 PM IST
In the upcoming assembly elections scheduled to be held next year, the BJP seeks to put an end to the nearly decade-long rule of the TMC in the state.
North Bengal is crucial for both the TMC and the BJP after the latter wrested seven of the eight Lok Sabha seats in the region in 2019 and managed to win 18 of the state’s 42 seats. (HT Photo)
North Bengal is crucial for both the TMC and the BJP after the latter wrested seven of the eight Lok Sabha seats in the region in 2019 and managed to win 18 of the state’s 42 seats. (HT Photo)

Mamata Banerjee in north Bengal to boost party’s morale, counter BJP

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 08:17 PM IST
That the Trinamool is jittery with north Bengal was also evident when the party’s youth wing president Abhishek Banerjee, CM Banerjee’s nephew, and election strategist Prashant Kishor rushed to north Bengal in October to iron out differences in the ranks.
The digital campaign, a brainchild of poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) team, has witnessed maximum participation from people in the age group of 18-35 years.(AP Photo)
The digital campaign, a brainchild of poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) team, has witnessed maximum participation from people in the age group of 18-35 years.(AP Photo)

TMC says more than 10-lakh people participated in ‘Mark Yourself safe from BJP’ campaign

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 04:17 PM IST
The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal had launched the campaign on October 23 to inform people about the alleged wrongdoings of the BJP in the country before the 2021 state polls.
Political strategist Prashant Kishor’s role and authority within the TMC has come into question after some recent changes in party.(PTI Photo)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor’s role and authority within the TMC has come into question after some recent changes in party.(PTI Photo)

TMC MLAs question Prashant Kishor; rebel says Mamata Banerjee no more in control

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 09:31 PM IST
There’s resentment among some MLAs in TMC that organisational decisions have been left to Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and Prashant Kishor.
Election strategist Prashant Kishor was hired by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to revamp the party for the 2021 assembly polls in West Bengal.(PTI)
Election strategist Prashant Kishor was hired by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to revamp the party for the 2021 assembly polls in West Bengal.(PTI)

Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC feels the heat of TMC veterans

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2020 08:20 AM IST
While one MLA was subtle in attacking Prashant Kishor’s agency I-PAC, another warned that it would be disastrous for a political party if it is dictated by another organisation.
The current phase of infighting in the TMC has its roots in the induction of younger faces in district committees after a reshuffle in July on Prashant Kishor’s recommendations.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
The current phase of infighting in the TMC has its roots in the induction of younger faces in district committees after a reshuffle in July on Prashant Kishor’s recommendations.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Abhishek Banerjee, Prashant Kishor hit the road to stop infighting in TMC

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON OCT 15, 2020 01:55 PM IST
Abhishek Banerjee and Prashant Kishor discreetly held meetings with leaders from five north Bengal districts at a hotel in Siliguri on Monday and Tuesday while they met legislators, MPs and officer bearers from Hooghly district at Kishor’s office in Kolkata.
TMC chief and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is banking on her development card, has introduced a raft of organisational changes to bring young and honest faces in the ruling party.(PTI)
TMC chief and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is banking on her development card, has introduced a raft of organisational changes to bring young and honest faces in the ruling party.(PTI)

In 2021 polls, TMC prepares to regain its lost ground in ‘Jangalmahal’

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 11:46 AM IST
The TMC is preparing a three-pronged attack in a bid to take on the BJP, which has made deep inroads into the tribal-dominated areas and also swept all four seats there in 2019 parliamentary polls
The I-PAC teams told the Left leaders that they were approached only after a survey confirmed their credibility as honest and effective politicians. (File photo Reuters)
The I-PAC teams told the Left leaders that they were approached only after a survey confirmed their credibility as honest and effective politicians. (File photo Reuters)

Prashant Kishor’s team asks select Left leaders to join TMC. This followed

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 04:07 PM IST
Five senior CPI(M) leaders, including a former information technology minister in the erstwhile Left government and a sitting legislator, told HT that they were contacted by Kishor’s team in August and offered “better career prospects in the ruling party”
Political strategist Prashant Kishor has said the entire focus in Bihar should on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor has said the entire focus in Bihar should on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Assembly polls in Bihar unlikely amid Covid-19, says Prashant Kishor

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Arun Kumar | Edited by Sabir Hussain
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2020 03:59 PM IST
Prashant Kishor said that Bihar was yet to get Covid-19 pandemic could worsen in the days to come.
“Like many states of the country, the corona situation in Bihar is also deteriorating but a large part of the government machinery and resources are being spent in election preparations,” Kishor tweeted.(PTI file photo)
“Like many states of the country, the corona situation in Bihar is also deteriorating but a large part of the government machinery and resources are being spent in election preparations,” Kishor tweeted.(PTI file photo)

Time to fight Covid-19, not polls: Prashant Kishor to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Assembly elections in Bihar are due in October-November but no official announcement about the schedule has been made by the Election Commission of India till now.
Patna: Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press conference, in Patna, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI2_18_2020_000043A)(PTI)
Patna: Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press conference, in Patna, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI2_18_2020_000043A)(PTI)

‘More than 6,000 Covid-19 cases, but Bihar discussing elections’: Prashant Kishor’s jibe at Nitish Kumar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 02:37 PM IST
Nitish Kumar is seeking seventh term as Bihar chief minister since 2005. The elections are due in the state later this year.
Kamal Nath’s Congress government in Madhya Pradesh fell in March after 22 MLAs resigned.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Kamal Nath’s Congress government in Madhya Pradesh fell in March after 22 MLAs resigned.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Ahead of Madhya Pradesh bypolls, Congress intensifies social media campaign

Hindustan Times, Bhopal | By Ranjan| Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 07:46 PM IST
The Congress has stepped up its social media campaign amid reports that poll strategist Prashant Kishor has refused to work with the party for the bypolls.
Prashant Kishor flew out of Kolkata on March 19 after a series of meetings with the state government. The lockdown was announced a few days later.(HT file photo)
Prashant Kishor flew out of Kolkata on March 19 after a series of meetings with the state government. The lockdown was announced a few days later.(HT file photo)

Govt to probe if Prashant Kishor took cargo flight to Kolkata, he denies charge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 02:38 AM IST
Denying the allegation,election strategist Prashant Kishor said the media reports are false. “I have not been to any airport after March 19. If anyone has any information contrary to this, they must put the details in the public domain.”
File photo of Prashant Kishor. (HT photpo)
File photo of Prashant Kishor. (HT photpo)

Did Prashant Kishor fly to Kolkata during lockdown? Centre begins probe

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 03:24 PM IST
The enquiry began following news reports alleging that the election strategist had been summoned by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to handle the state government’s response over its tussle with the central government regarding actions taken to tackle coronavirus situation in the state.
Patna: Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press conference, in Patna, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.(PTI)
Patna: Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press conference, in Patna, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 5 pm: ‘Where is your dignity now?’, Prashant Kishor’s latest jibe at Nitish Kumar has Kota connect and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2020 04:56 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Patna: Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press conference, in Patna, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI2_18_2020_000043A)(PTI)
Patna: Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press conference, in Patna, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (PTI Photo)(PTI2_18_2020_000043A)(PTI)

‘Where is your dignity now?’: Prashant Kishor’s latest jibe at Nitish Kumar has Kota connect

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 05:24 PM IST
Covid-19: Prashant Kishore tweeted a question to his former mentor along with a photo of what looked like a permission letter to Bharatiya Janata Party legislator to take his vehicle from Nawada to Kota to get back his son.
Health workers conduct a Covid-19 test in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, on March 30.(AP)
Health workers conduct a Covid-19 test in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, on March 30.(AP)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 5 PM: India assesses Covid-19 sample pooling for tests, says top scientist. How it helps and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 05:04 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you at 1PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
One of the men inside the cell said he wants to go to his home in Siwan, around 130 km from state capital of Patna, to meet his sick son. (Videograb)
One of the men inside the cell said he wants to go to his home in Siwan, around 130 km from state capital of Patna, to meet his sick son. (Videograb)

‘Frightening picture’: Prashant Kishor tweets video of migrants crying, begging

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 04:13 PM IST
Thousands of migrant workers have walked hundreds of kilometres from big cities along with their children back to their villages after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown on March 24.
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is trying to recover from losses it suffered in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bengal.(PTI)
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is trying to recover from losses it suffered in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bengal.(PTI)

TMC on course correction drive in Bengal with multi-pronged approach

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2020 03:09 PM IST
The course correction drive has four aspects --- a ‘constituency-specific approach’, a three-tier system of surveillance on party leaders and the administration to check malpractices and highhandedness, avoiding unnecessary confrontation with the Centre and targeting deprived socio-economic groups that have voted for the BJP in the last Lok Sabha polls.
Political strategist Prashant Kishor(PTI file photo)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor(PTI file photo)

‘Prashant Kishor’s drive holds key to next step,’ says ex-JDU leader Pavan Varma

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 05:42 AM IST
Former Janata Dal (United) Rajya Sabha member of Parliament (MP), Pavan Varma, is of the opinion that political strategist, Prashant Kishor’s, ‘Baat Bihar ki’ ‘ holds the key’ in a possible third front coming to fruition in the poll-bound state, where election is slated to be held in November.
Prashant Kishor has launched a campaign ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ programme to connect with the youth in the state where elections are due later this year.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Prashant Kishor has launched a campaign ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ programme to connect with the youth in the state where elections are due later this year.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

On Nitish Kumar’s big speech, Prashant Kishor spotlights what the CM did not say

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2020 10:45 AM IST
Prashant Kishor was expelled from Janata Dal (United) by Nitish Kumar for questioning the party’s stand on Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA.
Political strategist Prashant Kishor has opened a front against the BJP. It will help TMC to speak out at the national level.(PTI File Photo)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor has opened a front against the BJP. It will help TMC to speak out at the national level.(PTI File Photo)

Prashant Kishor likely to get TMC ticket to Rajya Sabha: Report

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON FEB 29, 2020 03:40 PM IST
The four TMC seats in Rajya Sabha, which will fall vacant, are currently held by Manish Gupta, Jogen Chowdhury, Ahmed Hassan Imran, and KD Singh.
Political strategist Prashant Kishor has called the entire episode a third-rate mischief and an outlandish claim.(PTI PHOTO.)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor has called the entire episode a third-rate mischief and an outlandish claim.(PTI PHOTO.)

‘Poor attempt to gain 2 minutes of fame’: Prashant Kishor on FIR filed for content theft

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Avinash Kumar
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 08:27 PM IST
In the complaint filed by Shashwat Gautam, who worked as an advisor to chief minister Nitish Kumar and later as a strategist with the Congress, Kishor has been accused of plagiarizing the content for the programme.
Prashant Kishor shows a document of his campaign at a press conference in Patna, on February 18.(Parwaz Khan /HT Photo)
Prashant Kishor shows a document of his campaign at a press conference in Patna, on February 18.(Parwaz Khan /HT Photo)

Youth accuses Prashant Kishor of copying his idea, forgery case filed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 08:29 AM IST
Kishor, who was recently sacked from Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), launched the ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ campaign last week to connect with youths in the state.
Political strategist Prashant Kishor. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

‘Have no objection if Prashant Kishor ji wants to join us’: AAP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 06:50 AM IST
Prashant Kishor was sacked from the Janata Dal United last month after he spoke out against the party’s stand on the citizenship law.
Prashant Kishor, during a press conference recently, had said he is not going to launch a political outfit, but he said he will work to bring about a change in the state by providing a common platform to those dreams to see Bihar in top ten states in the country.(PTI)
Prashant Kishor, during a press conference recently, had said he is not going to launch a political outfit, but he said he will work to bring about a change in the state by providing a common platform to those dreams to see Bihar in top ten states in the country.(PTI)

Prashant Kishor meets oppn leaders in Bihar amid talks about his next move

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Anil Kumar
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 11:43 AM IST
Prashant Kishor said to be in talks with different political parties ahead of the Bihar assembly polls.
Prashant Kishor, expelled from JD(U) last month, speaking to reporters in Patna on Tuesday.(Photo: PTI)
Prashant Kishor, expelled from JD(U) last month, speaking to reporters in Patna on Tuesday.(Photo: PTI)

‘Like musclemen of 1990s Bihar’: BJP’s fresh salvo against Prashant Kishor

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 06:40 PM IST
In his first interaction with media in Patna since he was expelled from the JD(U) last month, Prashant Kishor on Tuesday questioned Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s style of governance.
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