Mamata to rope in Prashant Kishor to take on BJP
The development is part of the realisation of the TMC chief that politics in the country has changed.
The latest turn in the political machinations of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee is her decision to decision to work with political strategist Prashant Kishor to prepare the TMC for the 2021 assembly polls in the state.
Bannerjee met Prashant Kishor today in Kolkata for two hours. News agencies confirmed that the Trinamul Congress has signed with Kishor’s agency to work for the polls, a good two years ahead of the polls.
“The development is part of the realisation of the TMC chief that politics in the country has changed. She was one person who believed that the cadre power behind her was enough to win elections. She understands now that new media, online and offline strategies now shape campaigns and make candidates win and lose a battle,” political analyst Sunil Gatade told Asiaville.
The decision is likely a result of the TMC’s lacklustre campaign viz a viz the BJP’s aggressive show in recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. Bannerjee needs to fire from all cylinders to stop the BJP juggernaut in the state, he added.
Kishor and his team, Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), was in the news after the victory of Jagan Mohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh. Kishor was roped in as his consultant by Reddy in 2017.
“Jagan-led YSR Congress’ overwhelming majority and the drubbing it gave to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu could have been the immediate reason for Mamata Di to call on Prashant Kishor, but that may not be the only reason as she is fighting for her political survival,” Gatade said.
The BJP won 18 seats in the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal and many of the seats were lost by TMC with a very thin margin.
Kishor shot to fame when he was appointed by Narendra Modi as his consultant in 2011. Kishor helped Modi secure his third consecutive win as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He continued his work with Modi and was part of his 2014 prime ministerial campaign. He later also worked successfully with Nitish Kumar in Bihar and Captain Amarinder Singh in Punjab. Kishor is also a member of the JD(U) party.