Ahead of the 2022 state Assembly elections, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday appointed strategist Prashant Kishor as his Principal Adviser.
Kishor will get the rank and status of a Cabinet minister. He will take a token honorarium of Re 1 as pay.
The strategist, who had been hired by the Chief Minister and the Punjab Congress for the 2017 Assembly elections, had played a key role in shaping the party’s brute majority in the House. Kishor is presently engaged by the Mamta Banerjee-led TMC in West Bengal. He is expected to focus on Punjab after the West Bengal polls.
Sources in the government said the key role of the strategist to focus on the speedy deliverance of the poll promises that had been made during the 2017 assembly polls, when Kishor was on board.
With the Chief Minister indicating that he would run for another term and PPCC Chief Sunil; Jakhar announcing “Capt for 2022”, the entrance of Kishor unfolds the future strategy of Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress for the 2022 assembly elections.
Over the last few months, the strategist had been in talks with the Chief Minister to work out the nuances of the new role assigned to him. Kishor has been advising the government to fulfil the major poll promises.