Prashant Kishor slams Congress says opposition leadership is not anyone’s ‘divine right’

Election strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday attacked the Congress, saying the “idea and space” that the party represents is important for a strong opposition, but its leadership is not a “divine right” of an individual, especially when It has lost over 90%. elections in 10 years

In a tweet, he said let the opposition leadership “decide democratically”.

Within minutes of Kishor’s tweet, Congress leader Pawan Khera retaliated. “There’s no fury in Hell as a strategist.”

Congress shelved plans to induct Kishor into the party this year due to a lack of confidence. Kishor held several meetings with the Congress leadership. In the spring of 2020, he met Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the first time.

Kishor, who is credited with helping Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) come back to power for the third time this summer, is believed to have made several inroads from the Congress to the ruling party in West Bengal. Got defected.

Her attack on the Congress came a day after Banerjee said there was no United Progressive Alliance (UPA) left and called for uniting opposition parties to take on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Banerjee did not name the Congress, but said that if a party is scared and its leaders are absent from the fray, the BJP will “kick you out”. “What is the (Congress-led) UPA? There is no UPA. On Tuesday, he met leaders of Shiv Sena, the largest constituent of Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, which includes the NCP and Congress.

In October, Kishor made a cryptic statement about the Congress’s reaction after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s violence at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. Violence erupted and eight people were killed after a convoy, including a car of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, collided with a group of protesting farmers.

“Those looking for a quick, smooth revival of the GOP (Grand Old Party or Congress)-led opposition on the basis of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident are setting themselves up for a major disappointment. Unfortunately, there is no quick solution to the GOP’s deep-rooted and structural weakness,” Kishor tweeted.