A Congress leader in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday put up a poster outside the party office in Lucknow, announcing a reward of Rs. 5 lakh for finding poll strategist Prashant Kishore and bringing him before the party workers.

Kishore was hired by the Congress to help party’s win in the state assembly elections.

Looking for answers in the recent poll debacle by the party, Rajesh Singh, a four-time secretary in the UP Congress Committee claimed to have put the poster on behalf of all Congress workers

"For the last one year, we did all the hard work. We followed him (Kishor) without any ifs and buts. We thought it was best for the party. But now we need answers," Singh said.

However, Congress state president Raj Babbar directed party workers for immediate removal of the poster and later said it is too early to blame anyone for the embarrassing defeat.

“They might remove the posters, but this is what many Congress workers are thinking and they would say the same sooner or later," Singh said.