This time in West Bengal, Prashant Kishore, who was instrumental in Mamata Banerjee’s TMC’s election campaigning and strategy making, is heading towards a hat-trick victory. TMC is poised for a major victory in Bengal and the BJP is far behind to touch the 100 mark, despite that Trinamool Congress strategist Prashant Kishore has announced to quit the electoral business. In conversation with NDTV, he also explained the reason for this.
Talking to NDTV channel, Prashant Kishore said, ‘I do not want to continue what I am doing now. I have done enough Now is the time for me to take a break and want to do something else in life. I want to leave this space. ‘ His saying ‘I want to leave this space’ means that he no longer wants to work to create an election strategy.
Asked if he would rejoin politics, Prashant Kishore said, “I am a failed politician.” If I went into politics, I would have to go back and see what I had to do now. This decision of Prashant Kishore is also surprising because the prediction that he had made about the election of Bengal seems to be true till now. The BJP seems to be going down from 100 seats and in such a situation, they have surprised everyone by making this announcement.
In fact, in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress electoral strategist Prashant Kishor has publicly announced several times that he will quit his job if the Bharatiya Janata Party seats in Bengal cross 100. When he made this announcement on Twitter for the first time, some of his iPAC colleagues claimed that PK was talking about quitting Twitter. But recently, Prashant Kishore, who had become an advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder, had made it clear in an interview with news channel Aaj Tak that he would quit the job of election strategist. He had said that if BJP gets 100 seats, then their work is of no use. Although the BJP is far behind that number in the Bengal elections, even then it will no longer do this work.
According to the Election Commission website, the trends so far have seen the Trinamool Congress leading in 201 seats, while the Bharatiya Janata Party is on 78 seats. The Congress is ahead in one seat and the other three seats. However, so far there has been a trend of 284 seats out of 292. But it is expected that there will not be much change in the results. If this trend continues, then BJP seats will increase compared to the last election, but Prashant Kishore’s prediction will also prove to be true.
Significantly, there are 294 assembly seats in West Bengal, but due to the death of two candidates, the voting was held on 292 seats. The party which will cross the magic figure of 147 seats with a majority will put up a claim to form the government. So far TMC is leading with 200 seats. This means that if there is not much change in the results, then TMC government will be formed in Bengal once again. The last time i.e. in the 2016 assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee’s party got 211 seats. At the same time, Congress got 44 seats, CPI-M got 26 and BJP got just 3 seats.