Patna, December 6: The result of the Patna University Students Union (PUSU) election were declared on Thursday. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) or JD(U) won the president and treasurer posts. Interestingly, newly-appointed vice president of JD(U) Prashant Kishor oversaw the party's campaign in the Patna University Students Union election.
Chhatra JD(U)'s Mohit Prakash was elected president, while Kumar Satyam became treasurer. ABVP's Anjana Singh, Manikant Mani and Raja Ravi won the posts of vice president, secretary and joint secretary respectively. "Patna University students have voted in favour of politics that is free from corruption and imbued with the virtues of character and good conduct," JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar tweeted. Prashant Kishor Won’t Work with BJP for 2019 Elections Campaign.
A fierce contest between the Chhatra JD(U) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Patna University Students Union election. The ABVP accused Prashant Kishor of interfering too much in the PUSU polls. His car was attacked after he came out of the university vice chancellor’s residence on December 3.
The ABVP activists had alleged that Kishor’s visit to the VC’s residence violated the model code of conduct that was in force in view of the PUSU elections, and pelted his vehicle with stones. Kishor later hit back at the ABVP saying that they will not be able to get over with the fear of losing the PUSU election by attacking him.
“You need to do better than let a few hooligans and anti-social elements become your face in Bihar. The nervousness over the possibility of a defeat in PUSU polls will not go away by hurling stones at my vehicle” Kishor, the second most powerful person in the JD(U), tweeted. The BJP, which is in an alliance with the JD(U), also protested against Kishor, urging Nitish Kumar to take note of the incident.
Kishor is one the most sought-after political strategists in the country with an impressive track record. He strategised Modi's victory in 2012 Gujarat Assembly elections as well as in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Post-2014, Kishor left the BJP reportedly after Shah did not accept his demand for a plum post in the party.
After a bitter falling out with Shah, Kishor joined hands with the then Grand Alliance of the JD (U), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress in Bihar for 2015 state Assembly election. Once again, he proved his mettle and scripted victory for the Grand Alliance against the BJP. He was roped in by the Congress in Uttar Pradesh where he failed miserably. He formally joined the JD(U) in September this year.