Poll strategist Prashant Kishore on Monday predicted a crushing defeat for the BJP in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly election. Taking to Twiitter, he opined that the BJP would struggle to even get seats in the double digits in the election. And if proven wrong, The Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) head said that he would "quit this space".
"For all the hype AMPLIFIED by a section of supportive media, in reality BJP will struggle to CROSS DOUBLE DIGITS in West Bengal," he tweeted.
Soon after Prashant Kishor's tweet, BJP in-charge for West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya said that the country will have to lose a poll strategist after the result for the Bengal assembly elections are out.
Kishor's tweet comes a day after Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah concluded his two-day Bengal visit. Seeking a 5-year mandate for the BJP, Shah promised to turn the state into Sonar Bangla. He also claimed that his party would form the next government with 200 seats – there are 294 seats in the state assembly.
Earlier, BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy claimed TMC will not get even 100 seats out of the total 294 in the West Bengal assembly polls in 2021.
Prashant Kishor had first shot to limelight after he planned the highly successful campaign for Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Thereafter, he was credited to strategise the poll campaign of the grand alliance led by Nitish Kumar during Bihar Assembly Elections 2015. He has worked with several political parties, including the Congress, Aam Aadmi Party, Trinamool Congress and the DMK.