Prashant Kishor is an election strategist with a winning track record. He certainly has a way with understanding election realities better than many politicians, especially the likes of Rahul Gandhi who still seems undecided on a number of issues of political interest.
Several reports today claimed that the Congress has broken all ties with election strategist Prashant Kishor ahead of crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
However, if the track of record of Kishor is thoroughly observed, then one can easily understand that the ‘Digital Chanakya’ of Indian elections (as has become in the last three years) bets only for a winning candidate. It is highly unlikely that Congress would drop Kishor after keeping a major section of its cadre in UP tensed from the day the poll strategist was handed over the responsibility to change Congress’ fortune in UP. In fact, Kishor must have found a winning idea and a winning face also in UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The Congress was apparently not happy with Kishor meeting Samajwadi Party leaders Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh Yadav. Kishor today met Akhilesh for over three hours to discuss the formation of a grand alliance ahead of the UP election.
Kishor and Rahul were both mocked by many for organising ‘khatia sabhas’ across the state as part of Rahul’s month-long Farmers’ Rally in UP.
If the report of Kishor shifting his loyalty to SP is true, then it shouldn’t be a matter of surprise. Elections are still months away and Akhilesh Yadav has better chances of winning.
However, all may not be lost for the Congress as Kishor may cook up a grand alliance on the lines of Bihar and accommodate Congress as a small partner. Would Rahul accept such offer can’t be predicted yet?
Another question is whether a Bihar-type grand alliance, minus the BSP, would work in UP? If it does, Kishor would become the only real opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.