Prashant Kishor at present predicted that opposition unity in opposition to the BJP in 2024 would “never work” as it could be unstable and ideologically disparate. The ace election strategist additionally questioned the advantages of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Opposition unity, he mentioned, is a facade and would not be attainable simply by bringing events or leaders collectively.
“If you want to challenge the BJP, you have to understand its strengths – Hindutva, nationalism and welfarism. It is a three-level pillar. If you can’t breach at least two of these levels, then you can’t challenge the BJP,” Prashant Kishor mentioned in an unique interview to NDTV.
“There has to be a coalition of ideologies to fight the Hindutva ideology. Gandhiwadi, Ambedkarites, socialists, communists…Ideology is very important but you can’t have blind faith on the basis of ideology,” he added.
“You guys in the media are looking at an opposition alliance as the coming together of parties or leaders. Who’s having lunch with whom, who is invited to tea…I look at it in the formation of ideology. Till such time an ideological alignment will not happen. There is absolutely no way the BJP can be defeated.”
His personal ideology, he mentioned, is “Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology” and the Bihar “Jan Suraaj Yatra” is “an attempt to revive the ideology of Gandhi’s Congress.”
The ballot strategist, whose CV is studded with election victories since 2014, is touring Bihar in a “Jan Suraaj Yatra” that he insists is just an effort to grasp the state and create a brand new political system.
“It is to change the destiny and discourse around Bihar. Bihar is known for caste-ridden politics and many wrong reasons. It is time Bihar is known for what people are capable of,” mentioned Mr Kishor, who is called “PK” in political circles.
On the falling out between him and the Gandhis after he supplied a plan to resurrect the Congress, PK mentioned: “My goal was the reincarnation of the Congress. Their goal was to win the election. We did not agree on the way they wanted to implement my ideas.”
As for Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, he mentioned the actual check can be within the impression of his nationwide march on the bottom.
“It is not only about walking. In six months of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, there was a lot of praise and also criticism. After six months of walking, you must see some difference? That yatra is to improve a party’s electoral fortunes. I have only been able to cover four districts. For me the yatra is not the mission but to understand the region,” mentioned PK.
On a private observe, he dismissed the suggestion that he had grown bitter and “aggressive” through the years. “I was far more aggressive than I am right now. In fact, people tell me that I have mellowed down – I have handled many interviewers who claim to be far more aggressive,” he remarked.