The BJP has said that India will lose a big election strategist after the next assembly polls in Bengal, implying that Prashant Kishor’s prediction for less than 10 seats for the saffron party will not hold true. This was after Kishor, who is now assisting Mamata Banerjee on election strategies, said that he will quit Twitter if the BJP managed to win even 10 seats in the upcoming assembly polls.
Kishor took to Twitter to write, “For all the hype AMPLIFIED by a section of supportive media, in reality BJP will struggle to CROSS DOUBLE DIGITS in #WestBengal PS: Please save this tweet and if BJP does any better I must quit this space!”
For all the hype AMPLIFIED by a section of supportive media, in reality BJP will struggle to CROSS DOUBLE DIGITS in #WestBengal
PS: Please save this tweet and if BJP does any better I must quit this space!
— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) December 21, 2020
Without naming Kishor, BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted, “The way Bengal is experiencing the BJP’s tsunami, the country will be forced to lose an election strategist after we form the government here.”
भाजपा की बंगाल में जो सुनामी चल रही हैं, सरकार बनने के बाद इस देश को एक चुनाव रणनीतिकार खोना पड़ेगा।
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) December 21, 2020
Kishor’s challenge to the BJP came days after Home Minister Amit Shah welcomed Suvendu Adhikari, a former cabinet colleague of Mamata Banerjee, into the BJP. Adhikari is touted as a political heavyweight in the Midnapore region of Bengal.
Bengal goes to the polls in less than four months’ time. The BJP has stepped up its activities in a bid to wrest the power from the Trinamool Congress. The Hindutva party is buoyed by its electoral performance in the last year’s Lok Sabha polls, when it won 18 out of 42 parliamentary seats. Shah had recently taunted Banerjee that she will be left alone after the next assembly elections.