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You Will Be Rewarded Rs 5 Lakh To Find Prashant Kishor, Announces Poster Outside Congress Office In Lucknow

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20/03/2017 12:36 PM IST | Updated 20/03/2017 12:56 PM IST
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Prashant Kishor, political strategist of India's main opposition Congress party.

On the day of the announcement of the election results for five states, the question that was on Twitteratti's mind was: Where is Prashant Kishor?

The poll strategist has been facing criticism since the Congress party lost in the recently-ended Uttar Pradesh elections.

And now, a Congress leader from Ballia district reportedly put up a poster outside the party office in Lucknow. The poster has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for the person who would find Kishor and bring him before the party workers.

According to reports, state president Raj Babbar spotted the poster first and asked the party workers to immediately remove it.

Rajesh Singh, a secretary in the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, who claimed to have been responsible for the poster, told Indian Express that he put it up on behalf of "all Congressmen".

"For the last one year, we have been made to work like fools... without asking any questions. We were told to work as he (Kishor) wanted us to without any ifs and buts... we did so thinking that probably it was best for the revival of the party. But now we need answers," he told Express.

Kishor was handpicked by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to manage the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In fact, earlier reports also suggested that Kishor was the one to suggest the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance. Clearly, the strategies didn't quite work for the Congress.

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