Prashant Kishore resigns as Principal adviser to Punjab CM

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Prashant Kishore (Image tweeted by @ANI)
Prashant Kishore (Image tweeted by @ANI)

New Delhi : Poll strategist Prashant Kishore on Thursday resigned from the post of Principal adviser to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, saying that he "wants a temporary break from the public life." His decision comes at a time when assembly elections are due in the state in less than 2 years.

"In view of my decision to take a temporary break from active role in public life, I’ve not been able to take over the responsibilities as your Principal Advisor. I request you to kindly relieve me from this responsibility," Prashant Kishor said in a letter to Amarinder Singh.

A few days back Navjot Singh Sidhu took charge as the new Congress Punjab chief in the presence of chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh with the party trying to put up a united show after months of bickering in the run-up to the assembly elections early next year.

Kishor had played a key role to unite the warring chief minister and now Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu as the infighting threatened to derail the Grand Old Party’s plan to retain power in the upcoming elections.

Singh had appointed the political strategist as his principal adviser in March this year. He broke the news via a tweet that said: “Happy to share that @PrashantKishor has joined me as my principal advisor. Look forward to working together for the betterment of the people of Punjab!”