Punjab Congress mulls roping in Prashant Kishor who predicted BJP's long run
Chandigarh/IBNS: Even as former political strategist Prashant Kishor recently predicted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s long run in Indian politics, the Punjab Congress is mulling taking his help to fight the upcoming crucial assembly elections in the state.
In a viral video from the meeting of the state unit of Congress, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi was heard saying he was advised by AICC Punjab in-charge Harish Chaudhary to rope in Kishor as a political aid.
Important to note, Kishor had worked with the Punjab Congress also in the state elections in 2017.
The election was won by the Congress, which was facing a tough contest from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as claimed by the former political strategist himself.
Kishor, who was appointed as the principal advisor to then Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Mar 2021, resigned from the post in May saying he wanted to take a break from the active role in public life.
After he helped West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress (TMC) to trump the BJP in state elections earlier this year, Kishor had announced his exit from the political strategist space.
However, he is still working closely with Banerjee and the TMC.
Taking everyone by surprise recently, Kishor, who worked with various anti-BJP parties in the last seven years, predicted the saffron party will continue to dominate the political sphere of India for many decades now.
Addressing an event, Kishor, who helped BJP's poster boy Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister in 2014, said, "BJP is going to be the centre of Indian polity irrespective of their win or loss like the Congress remained in the first 40 years (of independence). BJP is going nowhere. Once a party secures 30 percent of votes, it is not going in a hurry."
"Do not get into this trap that people are getting angry and they will throw away Modi. Maybe they will throw away Modi but BJP is not going anywhere. They are going to be here. You'll have to fight it out for the next many decades," added Kishor, who had worked with Modi before the 2014 General Elections that changed the dynamics of Indian politics.
Kishor has also touched upon the "problem" of Congress top leader Rahul Gandhi implying the latter's thought on the BJP is incorrect.
"It's (BJP) not going in a hurry. That is where the problem lies with Rahul Gandhi probably. He thinks it's just a matter of time that people will throw him away. That's not happening," he added.