No Party Yet, Deal-Maker PK Settles For Padyatra

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By: Anand Singh
Updated: May 5, 2022 12:53
Election Strategist Prashant Kishor (file photo)

PATNA: After his multiple talks with Congress, Janata Dal (United) and the Trinamool Congress failed to clinch any deal in his favour, poll strategy group IPAC’s frontman Prashant Kishor seems to have finally settled for a go-solo career yet again at this stage.

In a decision that was full of symbolism, Kishor on Thursday announced a 3,000 km padyatra from Champaran in Bihar on October 2. The date, and the place, holds significant as October 2 is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti – the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the first Satyagraha movement against British India from Champaran in 1917.

Kishor’s called his padyatra ‘Jan Su-raj (or people’s governance) that he will undertake to better understand the people and their issues.


“I will hold 3,000 km long padyatra from Champaran’s Gandhi Ashram covering all villages, towns and all streets and mohallas of Bihar to know about their aspirations,” Kishor said in Patna on Thursday.

“Will meet as many people during my padyatra to understand what they want and to learn about their concerns and grievances,” he said.

Ruling out to form a political party, he said it was not on the cards. He also said that there are no elections in Bihar in near future.


However, Kishor did not completely rule out taking a political plunge.
If a political party is formed, it would not be under his name, but he will collaborate with those who form it, he said.

Kishor also did not mince his words to attack former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad and current chief minister Nitish Kumar.

“Nitish, Lalu did nothing for Bihar. My mission is to bring change in the state,” Kishor said.

Kishor had last month refused Congress’ offer to join the party saying that more than him, the party needed leadership and will to bring in reforms. He refused the offer to join Congress despite holding several rounds of meeting either top leadership.

Kishor, who was instrumental in PM Narendra Modi’s Chai Pe Charcha campaign in 2014, had also joined Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) as the party’s vice president in 2018. However, he was expelled from the party in 2020 and later launched the ‘Baat Bihar Ki’ campaign in 2020. The campaign collected data from over one lakh people in the next few months.


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