In a curious case of a businessman damning one of his customers, Prashant Kishor has trained his guns at the Indian National Congress (INC). This follows West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress head Mamata Banerjee taking a swipe at the INC and its leader Rahul Gandhi yesterday after meeting NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
The election strategist cum entrepreneur tweeted, targeting Rahul Gandhi once again, taking a dig at his electoral failures.
While Kishor recognised the importance of the idea the INC as a party represented, he demanded that opposition leadership be decided democratically.
“The IDEA and SPACE that Congress represents is vital for a strong opposition. But Congress’ leadership is not the DIVINE RIGHT of an individual especially when the party has lost more than 90% of elections in the last 10 years. Let opposition leadership be decided Democratically,” Prashant Kishor tweeted.
Banerjee had said yesterday that there was no such thing as the United Progressive Alliance anymore. On Wednesday after her meeting with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, she had said, “There is no UPA now.”
Banerjee had also taken an indirect dig at Gandhi’s trips abroad without mentioning his name. “No one can do politics by staying abroad half the time,” she had said in an interaction in Mumbai.
The West Bengal chief minister had successfully teamed up with Kishor to take on the BJP challenge in the West Bengal assembly election.
Kishor is working with Banerjee also for Trinamool Congress’s expansion plans in states like Goa and Mizoram that will vote in 2022.
This is not the first time Kishor has targeted the INC leadership. When the oldest party was aggressively pursuing the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in Uttar Pradesh, Kishor had mocked the party leadership.
People looking for a quick, spontaneous revival of a GOP-led opposition based on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident are setting themselves up for a big disappointment. Unfortunately, there are no quick-fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness of GOP, Kishor had then tweeted.
However, the talks seem to have failed and ever since the election strategist has been on an offensive against the INC leadership.