A senior Congress functionary in Uttar Pradesh was on Sunday suspended from the party for six years after he put up a huge billboard announcing a reward for cash Rs 5 lakh for anyone who could find poll strategist Prashant Kishor.
Kishor was assisting Congress party in the just concluded assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The politician in question, who had put up the giant board outside the party office in Lucknow, is Rajesh Singh. Singh has held the post of the party’s secretary in the past.
The hoarding taunted Kishor by terming him a ‘self-proclaimed’ chanakya adding that anyone who could bring him to the Congress’s workers’ meet will be rewarded with Rs 5 lakh.
The party has since brought down the board and taken action disciplinary action against Singh.
Kishor had successfully managed the election campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 before working as a strategist for the Bihar chief minister, Nitish Kumar, in 2015 assembly polls.
Congress, which had formed an alliance with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, had registered its worst ever electoral performance, was able to get just seven assembly seats. The party, however, won a landslide mandate in Punjab with Kishor earning plenty of plaudits from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Rajesh Singh, for his part, has defended his action despite facing disciplinary action from the party.
“I stand by what I did. Prashant Kishor took us for a ride. We are honest workers who have given our blood and sweat for the party. Yet our views in the election were totally ignored. This (defeat) is the result of hiring these consultants who are out to make a quick buck,” Singhwas quoted by NDTV.
Congress had also performed better than the BJP in Goa and Manipur, but the party failed to stake claims to form governments in both the states. The BJP, with lot less seats, had managed to secure the support of smaller parties to form the governments there.