After Mamata, Arvind Kejriwal ropes in Prashant Kishor's I-PAC for Delhi Assembly elections
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Ahead of the Assembly Elections in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that political strategist Prashant Kishor might join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
In a tweet on Saturday, he said that Indian Political Action Committee or I-PAC is "coming onboard" with the Aam Aadmi Party.
"Happy to share that Indian Political Action Committee is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!," said Kejriwal in a tweet.
Happy to share that @indianpac is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 14, 2019
Meanwhile, the advocacy group also declared on Saturday that they have inked a deal with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). "After Punjab results, we acknowledged you as the toughest opponent that we have ever faced. Happy to join forces now with Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party," news agency IANS quoted I-PAC as sayinng.
This comes ahead of Kishor's -- who is now the Janata Dal (United)'s vice president, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna.
Earlier, Kishor helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. He also successfully managed the election campaigns of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in 2015 and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in 2017.
Kishor also led YSRCP to a landslide victory in Andhra Pradesh during the 2019 Assembly polls. According to some reports, Kishor also helped Uddhav Thackeray's Shiv Sena in the recently concluded Assembly polls in Maharashtra.
The I-PAC, however, could not ensure a win for the Congress in the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh (UP) in which the party faced a disastrous defeat at the hands of the BJP which won a three-fourth majority. Following this loss, the I-PAC's association with the Congress came to an end.
The I-PAC is currently working on the Trinamool Congress' re-election campaign for the 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls to aid Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's bid for a third consecutive term.
Assembly Elections will be held in Delhi next year. The date of Assembly elections is to be announced soon as the poll needs to be completed by February 14, 2020.
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