Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, who played a key role in Mamata Banerjee’s victory in West Bengal assembly elections, will meet NCP leader Sharad Pawar on Friday in Mumbai. It will be Kishor’s first trip after winning Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
The meeting has fired buzz about his Mission 2024 or the next Lok Sabha election while other sources are claiming that the meeting is a thanksgiving for NCP chief Sharad Pawar who had supported Mamata Banerjee during the assembly polls in West Bengal.
The update of Kishor’s scheduled meeting with the NCP chief has left speculations about the reason behind the meet. The meeting is also happening on the backdrop of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut praising PM Modi yesterday. Raut on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party has emerged successful because of the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Raut’s comment comes just two days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met the Prime Minister in Delhi to seek his help over the Maratha quota issue.
Coincidently, Kishor’s firm I-PAC has worked for Shiv Sena in Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Maharashtra in 2019.
Sources close to Prashant Kishor said he will meet every leader who extended support to Mamata Banerjee and MK Stalin, the big winners of the recent state elections. But there is strong speculation that the discussions have a larger context related to the 2024 election and talk of a joint opposition candidate to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The victory of the TMC, DMK and LDF in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had given rise to the possibility of the Opposition parties coming together to form a Federal Front to take on the ruling BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. It was speculated that Prashant Kishor, the architect of the victories of Mamata Banerjee and M.K. Stalin could play a key role in making of a grand Opposition alliance.
After the poll results, Kishor had declared that he was done and wanted to quit this space.
On whether he would rejoin politics after a brief and bitter stint with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Kishor said he has failed as a olitician and have to go back and see what he have to do but many believes that he could go for a more political role.