Prashant Kishore proclaims didi as winner in Bengal already
Kishore reiterates through his tweet a challenge he laid down to the BJP in December - that if the opposition party crossed the double-digit mark he would "quit this space"
In an interesting development on Sunday, Prashant Kishore, the famed public relations and communication strategist Prashant Kishore, has already declared Mamata Banerjee, the chief Minister of Bengal the winner hands down this state election again.
He said, one of the key battles for democracy in the country will be fought in West Bengal, referring to assembly elections starting March 27. He added that Bengal wants its daughter only, in Bengali he repeated the same Bengali too Bengal nijer mein kei chaii.
Kishor's company - I-PAC - is assisting the CM in her bid to stop the BJP. The BJP has made quite a space in Bengal and this time it seems the fight is real tough for didi.
But Kishore reiterates through his tweet and reiterated a challenge he laid down to the BJP in December - that if the opposition party crossed the double-digit mark he would "quit this space" while sharing shared the Trinamool's main slogan - "Bengal wants its daughter" - on Twitter. He has even declared for the result announcement day and put a straight challenge to the supporters of the BJP, "On May 2, Hold Me To My Last Tweet", he asserted.
Bengal elections will be held in eight phases from march 27 to April 29. The eight days of voting are March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29.
The Election Commission announced on Friday, making it the longest ever polls in the state. The results will be declared on May 2. Ms Banerjee, however, questioned the poll body over the dates. "Bihar has 240 seats and had elections in three phases. Tamil Nadu has 234 seats and will have election in one day. Why eight phases here? Who is benefitting...This is as per BJP requisition," she said while adding, “I will defeat you in all your conspiracies”.
But the Election Commission indicated that the decision was linked to the fears of political violence in the state during polls.Notably, last time, in 2016, the state's 6.5 crore voters voted over seven days between April and May.
The BJP - which won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state whose politics had revolved around the Trinamool-Left rivalry - is hoping to form its maiden government.
While BJP is trying to woo the Bengal voters on law and order situation, the dynasty politics and bringing development, Banerjee has announced several schemes.
The party has also announced its intentions to provide free vaccines against the coronavirus, ahead of the elections.
The central government – led by the BJP - has also announced several infrastructure projects lately to stress on its double-engine government (BJP governments at the centre and in Bengal) poll pitch.
Trinamool, however, sees itself working harder and bringing Kishore is a step towards that. A part of Bengal, since BJP’s regime at the Centre has shown its inclination for the orange flag, and that is owing to a great majority of Muslims being powerful at common spaces to political, has been its main rue.
However, the government’s strategy to target Muslims in Assam through CAA, NRC and NPR, which backfired, is also a reason that Bengal is thinking strategically this time.