|Nickname||PK The Indian Express|
|Profession(s)||Politician, Political Strategist and Tactician|
|Known for||Not joining the Indian National Congress party as a part of an Empowered Action Group 2024 constituted by the party in 2022|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|Political Party||Janata Dal (United) (16 September 2018 - 29 January 2020)
|Political Journey||• On 16 September 2018, he joined Janata Dal-United (JD-U) as a vice president of the party.
• On 29 January 2020, he was expelled from JD(U) for his statements against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
|Date of Birth||Year, 1978|
|Age (as of 2022)||44 Years|
|Birthplace||Koran village, Rohtas district, Bihar|
|School||He studied at a government school in Bihar.|
|College/University||Patna Science College, Bihar|
|Controversies||• Question on Prashant's loyalty:
In 2019, Prashant offered services as a poll strategist to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress for the 2021 assembly polls. His decision was criticized because he was a part of JD(U) at the time he offered services to Trinamool Congress. In an interview, Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar who belongs to JD(U) said,
We have nothing to do with his activities in West Bengal. We do not even know what type of services his company will be provided in the neighbouring state. Business Standard
• Praises for Narendra Modi:
In 2021, he became a part of the controversy when BJP IT Cell head, Amit Malviya, shared an audio of Prashant in which he said that PM Narendra Modi and CM Mamata Banerjee are equally popular. The audio came at a time when Prashant was working as a political strategist for Trinamool Congress for the 2021 assembly polls. In an interview, Prashant responded to this and said,
I am glad BJP is taking my chat more seriously than words of their own leaders!? They should show courage & share the full chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it. I have said this before & repeating again - BJP will not to CROSS 100 in WB. Period. I also said BJP won't cross 100, why aren't they playing that? I had full knowledge it was a public platform. Business Today
|Relationships & More|
|Wife/Spouse||Jahnavi Das (doctor)
|Parents||Father- Shrikanth Pande (doctor)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Prashant Kishor
- Prashant Kishor is an Indian politician, political strategist and tactician who is known for not accepting the offer made by the Indian National Congress party in 2022 to join as a leader of an Empowered Action Group 2024.
- Before he started working as a political strategist in Indian politics, he was a public health expert at United Nations in the United States for eight years.
- In 2011, he did his first campaign for Narendra Modi, who became the Chief Minister of Gujarat in the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2012.
- In 2014, he started an election-campaign group named Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG) that did campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He made many social campaigns for BJP like Chai pe Charcha discussions, 3D rallies, Run for Unity, and Manthan. After the elections, Narendra Modi wanted to work with Prashant and even offered him a minister of state position in the PMO, but Prashant did not accept the offer. He parted ways with BJP because of his differences with Amit Shah.
- In 2015, he renamed his group Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG) to the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC). The group did campaigning for Nitish Kumar of the JD(U) in the 2015 Bihar Legislative Assembly election, and he won the seat. After winning the elections, Nitish Kumar appointed Prashant as the advisor of the party.
- In 2016, Prashant did campaigning for Indian National Congress’ Amarinder Singh for Punjab Assembly Elections that were held in 2017. Many news channels credited Prashant and his team for their win in the Punjab Assembly Elections. After winning the elections, Amarinder Singh tweeted,
As I have said many times before, PK & his team and their work was absolutely critical to our victory in Punjab!”
- In 2016, Prashant worked as a political strategist for Indian National Congress for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, but the Congress party won only seven seats whereas BJP won more than 300 seats. Many politicians said that Prashant chose the wrong party for campaigning because BJP had been in power for twenty-seven years in Uttar Pradesh in 2016.
- In 2017, he was appointed as a political advisor to the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party for the Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections in 2019 in which the party won 151 seats out of 175 seats.
- In the 2020 Delhi Legislative Assembly election, Prashant was the election strategist for Aam Aadmi Party. The party bagged 62 out of 70 seats in the elections.
- In 2020, he decided that he would not campaign for any party, but he would give speeches to 10 lakh youngsters on the Baat Bihar Ki campaign that focused on making people aware of the developments in Bihar.
- On 3 February 2020, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party-appointed Prashant as a political strategist for the 2021 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly election.
- In 2021, he campaigned for the All India Trinamool Congress in the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election and the party won the elections.
- In March 2021, the former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh appointed Prashant as his principal advisor, but on 5 August 2021, he resigned from the post. In his resignation letter, he wrote,
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.”
- In 2021, in an interview, he declared his resignation as a political strategist. He further added,
I do not want to continue what I am doing. I have done enough. Time for me to take a break and do something else in life. I want to quit this space.”
- After working as a political strategist for BJP and JD(U), he kept himself open to work as a political strategist with any other political party in India.
- In 2018, when Prashant joined JD(U), it was reported that he would contest in the 2020 Bihar General Elections. In an interview, a leader from JD(U) said,
If he was to prepare and help only in election management, then taking the membership of the party was not required at all. The very fact that he has joined our party clearly signals the possibility of him contesting elections. Nitish, though, has left it to him.”
- In 2022, it was reported that South Indian actor, Thalapathy Vijay secretly met Prashant, and discussed about entering politics.
- In 2022, he declined the offer by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to join the Congress party as part of the Empowered Action Group (EAG) for the 2024 general elections. In a Twitter post, he wrote,
I declined the generous offer of #Congress to join the party as part of the EAG & take responsibility for the elections. In my humble opinion, more than me, the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep rooted structural problems through transformational reforms.”