Political strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday (May 5) attacked the 30-year rule of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar in Bihar and announced a 3,000 km padyatra (march) to reach out to people and cover the entire state, from October 2.
Last month, Kishor declined the Congress’ offer to join the party. And there were speculations that he would launch his own political party. However, on Thursday, he confirmed that he won’t be floating any party.
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Addressing a press conference, Kishor said in the last 30 years Lalu and Nitish have ruled Bihar and today the state is India’s “most backward and most poor” state. If you want to develop Bihar, the state can’t go on the same path which it had gone for the past 20 years, he added.
Further, he stated, “I will start a 3,000 km padyatra (march) from West Champaran Gandhi Ashram on October 2 with the aim to cover most of Bihar… We will reach out to people at their offices, knock on their doors to understand them, their issues and expectations.”
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He added, “I am going to talk to around 17,000-18,000 people, who are aware of the problems in Bihar, and try to bring them on a single platform. We should be able to complete the process by August-September.”
On launching his own party, he said, “If they think that a political platform needs to be launched to achieve the desired goals, we will decide on the same then. However, it won’t be Prashant Kishor’s party, it will be the people’s party.”
On Monday, Kishor had tweeted about going to “real masters” and had announced the “Peoples Good Governance” campaign.
“My quest to be a meaningful participant in democracy & help shape pro-people policy led to a 10yr rollercoaster ride! As I turn the page, time to go to the Real Masters, THE PEOPLE, to better understand the issues & the path to Peoples Good Governance, will start from Bihar,” he had tweeted on May 2.
My quest to be a meaningful participant in democracy & help shape pro-people policy led to a 10yr rollercoaster ride!
As I turn the page, time to go to the Real Masters, THE PEOPLE,to better understand the issues & the path to “जन सुराज”-Peoples Good Governance
शुरुआत #बिहार से
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) May 2, 2022
I declined the generous offer of #congress to join the party as part of the EAG & take responsibility for the elections.
In my humble opinion, more than me the party needs leadership and collective will to fix the deep rooted structural problems through transformational reforms.
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) April 26, 2022