‘Prashant Kishor’s Role Is Advisory With No Say In Distribution Of Tickets,’ Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

‘Prashant Kishor’s Role Is Advisory With No Say In Distribution Of Tickets,’ Punjab CM Amarinder SinghPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. (Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Amid the resentment brewing in the Punjab Congress over the role of political strategist Prashant Kishor’s role in finalisation of party tickets in the upcoming assembly elections, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Amarinder Singh on Tuesday (13 April) clarified that Kishor will have no say in the matter.

CM Amarinder Singh said that Kishor’s role is limited and is only advisory in nature. He said that there are a set of norms and patterns for ticket allocation in the Congress, which are followed in all states and Punjab is no exception.

Pointing out that Congress in Punjab has performed well in every election in the last four years, Singh added that there is no anti-incumbency at play in the state, reports The Times Of India.

“This shows that there is no anti-incumbency at play in the state, as is being speculated by the media, which has been indulging in sheer conjectures ever since Kishor’s appointment. His (Kishor’s) role as my principal adviser is limited. It is only advisory in nature, with no decision-making authority vested in him,” the CM said.

In March, Punjab Chief Minister and Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh said that Prashant Kishor has been hired to work for the party purportedly for the 2022 Assembly elections.

The Punjab Cabinet also cleared the appointment of Kishor as the principal advisor to the chief minister in the rank and status of a Cabinet Minister.

Kishor was the election strategist for Aam Aadmi Party in the 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly election.

He is currently an advisor for Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) and for M K Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for the 2021 assembly elections in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu respectively.