“Make no mistake that the BJP is right here to remain. And Rahul Gandhi fails to grasp that.” That’s what political strategist and Mamata Banerjee’s election adviser Prashant Kishor stated earlier than a choose viewers in Goa on Wednesday.
Curiously, Kishor was talking barely a day forward of Banerjee’s maiden 3-day go to to Goa to lend weight to Trinamool Congress’ ambition of overthrowing the BJP authorities on the upcoming State polls scheduled subsequent yr.
What additionally appears extra than simply an accident is that Kishor’s remark was adopted up by yet one more scathing editorial piece towards the Congress occasion in TMC’s mouthpiece Jago Bangla which accused the previous of dragging its ft over taking initiatives for forging the opposition alliance as proposed by the Trinamool supremo to tackle the BJP within the 2024 basic elections.
“The BJP would stay on the centre of Indian politics. It might win, or it might lose. Prefer it was for the Congress for the primary 40 years, the BJP goes nowhere. As soon as a celebration secures over 30 per cent of votes on the nationwide degree, that occasion is just not going to go away in a rush. Individuals shouldn’t fall into the entice of believing that Modi could be thrown out as a result of some sections are indignant with him. Perhaps he could be thrown out, however the occasion is right here to remain and must be fought towards for a lot of many years,” remarked Kishor at intellectuals meet within the poll-bound state.
“That’s additionally the place the issue with Rahul Gandhi in all probability lies as a result of he thinks that it is just a matter of time that individuals will throw them away. However that’s not occurring,” emphasised Kishor.
The dual criticism of the Congress — on the occasion’s high functionary within the first case and on the occasion as an entire within the later — by a potential ally, and that too on the eve of Mamata Banerjee’s go to to Goa, the place the Congress-led UPA posed the one largest menace to the BJP-led NDA till the final Meeting elections, speaks volumes on the fast-changing political dynamics in Goa.
BJP spokesperson in West Bengal Samik Bhattacharya whereas sustaining that he doesn’t connect a lot significance to Prashant Kishor’s remark for the reason that latter is a “non-political entity who confines his analyses whereas sitting inside air-conditioned chambers”, nevertheless, added that Kishor “made an apparent assertion within the wake of the recognition the BJP presently enjoys throughout the nation”.
Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, however, alleged that he apprehends a “back-channel understanding between the Trinamool and the BJP” and that such remarks by Mamata Banerjee’s political adviser “would solely strengthen the palms of the BJP”.
TMC chief Saugata Roy prevented a proper response on behalf of his occasion stating that Kishor is just not part of the Trinamool Congress and that these have been his “private opinions”.