New Delhi: Prashant Kishor, political analyst and ‘political aide’ of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Wednesday said that BJP has ‘underperformed the tall claims of Amit Shah in state elections’. In an exclusive interview with Navika Kumar, Group Editor – Politics, Times Group, Kishor admitted that BJP has emerged as the only challenger to Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal, but added that the party will find it difficult to cross 99-100 seats mark in the state.
He also expressed confidence that Trinamool will have a decisive victory and admitted that the elections in West Bengal are ‘bipolar’ between BJP and TMC.
“Home Minister Amit Shah often makes outlandish claims on state polls… Home Minister Amit Shah said that Devendra Fadnavis would be CM and we know the fact… didn’t do well in Maharashtra, Delhi and Jharkhand polls,” Kishor said.
BJP will ‘struggle to cross double-digit’ in WB
“I actually believe that BJP will struggle to cross ‘double-digit’ in upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls,” Kishore said, adding that it was his ‘confidence’ that led him to make the prediction. Indirectly slamming BJP leaders such as HM Shah and BJP president JP Nadda who have been making visits to the eastern state ahead of the Assembly polls, Kishor said that ‘those who visit West Bengal once in a while can’t predict about the seats they will secure’.
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“Some of them can’t even name districts of Bengal… If BJP crosses 100, I will quit the work I am doing… I have facts to prove that BJP will find it difficult to cross 99 seats or 100. BJP is aiming to address only 70 per cent of the voters in Bengal,” he said.
Kishor accepted that there exists an anti-incumbency against the TMC government, but expressed confidence that the people of West Bengal are voting for ‘Didi’. “These elections are between TMC and BJP and not about anybody else,” he said.
On resignations of TMC leaders like Suvendu Adhikari
Commenting on the resignations of leaders from the TMC, Kishor said, “PM Modi had himself said that 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with BJP. Since 2019, only 7 TMC MLAs have defected to BJP.”
He further said that though it is ‘good to be ambitious in politics’, anyone leaving the party is a setback. “Voters will decide whether Mamata Banerjee was right or Suvendu Adhikari,” he said.
Courtesy – timesnownews