Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that his party has signed up with election strategist Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC for the assembly elections due next year.
“Happy to share that @indianpac is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!” Kejriwal tweeted.
I-PAC in reply to Kejriwal’s tweet said, “After Punjab results, we acknowledged you as the toughest opponent that we have ever faced. Happy to join forces now with @ArvindKejriwal and @AamAadmiParty.”
Kishor, who is also the vice-president of the Janata Dal (United) had worked with Narendra Modi during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gujarat 2012 campaign and the Lok Sabha 2014 election, but later developed differences and went his separate way to working for BJP’s political rivals, including the Grand Alliance in Bihar and the Congress in Punjab.
After the JD(U) supported the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament, Kishor took to Twitter and said: “Disappointed to see JD-U supporting CAB that discriminates right of citizenship on the basis of religion. It’s incongruous with the party’s constitution that carries the word secular thrice on the very first page and the leadership that is supposedly guided by Gandhian ideals.”
On Thursday, Kishor said that the task of saving the soul of India lies with the 16 non-BJP chief ministers who have to operationalise the amended Citizenship Act.
“The majority prevailed in Parliament. Now beyond judiciary, the task of saving the soul of India is on 16 Non-BJP CMs as it is the states who have to operationalise these acts. 3 CMs (Punjab/Kerala/WB) have said NO to #CAB and #NRC. Time for others to make their stand clear,” he tweeted.
I-PAC is currently working on the Trinamool Congress’ re-election campaign.