Last year on December 14, Kejriwal had announced that Prashant Kishor's I-PAC had come on board with his party. (Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter)
Delhi Assembly Election Results 2020: Ace poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who had partnered with the Aam Aadmi party for the crucial state elections, took to Twitter to post a ‘thank you’ note after trends showed Arvind Kejriwal’s return. Kishor took to Twitter and said, “Thank you Delhi for standing up to protect the soul of India!” The strategist’s political consultancy firm I-PAC was roped in by the Aam Aadmi Party for the 2020 Delhi Assembly Elections. Last year on December 14, Kejriwal had announced that I-PAC had come on board with his party. "Happy to share that Indian-PAC is coming on-board with us. Welcome aboard!" the Delhi chief minister had said in a tweet.
Thank you Delhi for standing up to protect the soul of India!— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) February 11, 2020
The I-PAC had used innovative programmes such as "chai pe charcha" in the 2014 campaign for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The firm worked on a number of successful campaigns since 2014, including the one that brought JD(U) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to power in the state in 2015. It also helped Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy win the Assembly polls and put up a good show in the general election this year. (LIVE UPDATES)
Last month, Kishor was expelled from the JD(U) along with Pavan Verma for over 'anti-party activities'. JDU chief general secretary KC Tyagi said in a statement that Kishor and Varma were "acting against party's decisions as well as its functioning" which amounted to breach of discipline. The party also accused Kishor of using "insulting words" against the Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Kishor and Nitish Kumar have been on loggerheads over the issues of NRC, CAA and NPR. Kishor, who had already worked as election strategist for BJP and Congress, had called Nitish Kumar a "liar" over the Bihar Chief Minister's comments about his induction into the party. Kishor, who joined the party in September 2018 and was elevated to the rank of its national vice-president just weeks later, lashed out at Kumar for saying that he was inducted into the party at the instance of the then BJP chief Amit Shah.
The exit polls had predicted a big win for the ruling AAP even as BJP leaders maintained that the surveys will fall flat. Strong rooms spread across the city storing the EVMs are being heavily guarded, with a "three-layer security ring", Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh told PTI. "The postal ballots will be counted first till 8.30 am and then the votes cast through EVMs will be counted," he said.