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‘I will leave this space if …’: Prashant Kishor’s prediction before the Bengal assembly elections

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Political strategist Prashant Kishor predicted a crushing defeat for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections on Monday. The party will struggle to cross even the double-digit mark in the polls, Kishor said.

“Despite all the AMPLIFIED hype by a supporting media section, in reality BJP will have a hard time CROSSING DOUBLE DIGITS in West Bengal,” he tweeted, adding that he would “leave this space” if proven wrong.

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Kishor’s tweet comes in the context of several leaders, including Trinamool Congress (TMC) heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari, who defected to the BJP during Union Interior Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on December 19. . Leaders of the ruling TMC, left-wing parties and Congress. he joined the BJP before the assembly elections scheduled for 2021.

In the upcoming elections, the BJP seeks to end the TMC’s decade-long rule in the state. In the 2019 elections, even though West Bengal was one of the few states where the party was unable to make profound advances, it had won 18 out of 42 seats, emerging as a clear opposition to the TMC government.

Kishor, who heads the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), is behind several campaigns that led to significant victories for the parties. His first major campaign was for Gujarat Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2011. In 2014, his campaign group Citizens for Responsible Governance brought Modi and the BJP to an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha elections.

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Meanwhile, Amit Shah reiterated on Sunday his position on the attack on the convoy of BJP chief JP Nadda, calling it an “attack on democracy.” He held the TMC responsible for the attack and said it proves the bad situation of law and order in the state.

Shah also said that the BJP CM candidate in the assembly polls will be someone from Bengal, not an ‘outsider’, a term used by Banerjee to refer to central BJP leaders when they visit the state. “Do you want a country where people from one state don’t visit another? Did you call Indira Gandhi, Pranab Mukherjee, Narasimha Rao outsiders when they used to come to West Bengal? But don’t worry, no one from Delhi will come to defeat him. Someone from Bengal will challenge him and he will be the next CM of the state, ”he said.

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