Prashant Kishor quits as Punjab chief minister’s principal advisor


PTI, Aug 5, 2021, 2:30 PM IST

 

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor Thursday resigned as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s principal advisor, saying he was taking “a temporary break from active role in public life”.

Kishor’s move comes with assembly polls in Punjab less than a year away.

Kishor had managed the Congress’ successful campaign in the 2017 polls.

He devised campaign programs such as ‘Punjab Da Captain’ to garner support for Singh.

In a letter to the chief minister Thursday, Kishor wrote, “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 relive me from this responsibility. I take this opportunity to thank you for considering me for this position,” he wrote.

The chief minister had in March appointed Kishor as his principal advisor and given him the rank and status of a cabinet minister.

A notification issued by the General Administration Department had said Kishor would take a token honorarium of Re 1.

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