With just a few months remaining for the crucial Delhi assembly polls, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to hire the services of poll strategist Prashant Kishor to retain power in the national capital. Kejriwal, who also heads his Aam Aadmi Party, took to Twitter to formally make the announcement.
Kejriwal tweeted, “Happy to share that @indianpac is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!”
Happy to share that @indianpac is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 14, 2019
Kishor’s I-Pac replied from its official handle, “After Punjab results, we acknowledged you as the toughest opponent that we have ever faced. Happy to join forces now with @ArvindKejriwal and @AamAadmiParty.”
— I-PAC (@IndianPAC) December 14, 2019
Kejriwal’s party and Kishor’s I-Pac had bitterly fought the last assembly polls in Punjab in 2017. I-Pac was managing the poll campaign of the Congress headed by Captain Amarinder Singh.
Kejriwal’s decision to hire the services of a poll strategist will raise several questions on his claims on governance in the last five years. Kejriwal and his party leaders have often claimed to have transformed Delhi by fulfilling all their election promises. But, their latest decision to hire Kishore shows that they are not convinced about their own achievement on delivering promises.
The party had won 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly five years ago despite a hostile media and no significant financial support. Since coming to power, the Kejriwal government has spent hundreds of crores of rupees on TV, newspaper and radio advertisements to build a positive narrative about itself.
Interestingly, Prashant Kishor is also the national Vice President of JD-U, which is an important ally of the BJP and voted in favour of anti-Muslim Citizenship Amendment Bill in the parliament.
Although AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha has claimed that Kishor was coming on board on a volunteer basis since he was mesmerised by the Kejriwal government’s work, critics of the Delhi government would find the explanation hard to swallow.