Prashant Kishor Again As Trinamool Congress Shocks Congress In Meghalaya Exodus

Prashant Kishor had made Mamata Banerjee’s campaign for the April-May state elections (File)

New Delhi:

Mamata Banerjee’s unprecedented coup in Meghalaya — the accession of 12 of the 17 congressional MLAs led by Mukul Sangma late last night — began with a meeting between election strategist Prashant Kishor and the senior congressional leader. At a press conference earlier today, Mr. Sangma said he had met Mr. Kishor in Kolkata because he was “a good friend…who can make a difference”.

It all started after the central leadership elected Vincent Pala as the head of the party’s state unit, Sangma said.

“There has to be balance in democracy. We need an effective opposition,” Sangma said. “We raised this with the leadership in Delhi. We made many trips to Delhi, but nothing happened… While looking for options for an opposition space, I finally met my good friend Prashant Kishor-of the, that we all know, that can make a difference. I am very happy to reveal that during our interaction we shared the same goal: the interest of the people comes first,” said Mr. Sangma.

Mr Kishor, who had prepared Mamata Banerjee’s campaign for the April and May state elections, which led to a stunning victory, is now propelling her to the national stage.

The election strategist, who said he would “leave this room” after Mamata Banerjee’s big win – is known for getting along well with the Trinamool leader and considers herself her political aide. “It was an absolute pleasure to work with her. She is very open to suggestions and an absolute pleasure to work with,” he said after the election.

Many believe that Ms Banerjee will now be the face of the opposition – a position made possible by the results of Bengal, where she took on the BJP’s powerful electoral machine and won by spades.

So far, Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress has been seen as a target for Tripura ahead of the next round of parliamentary elections in 2023. But last night’s events made it clear that Meghalaya and the rest of the Northeast are also very much on her shopping list. to stand.

Sources indicated that Mr Kishor’s election strategy team is in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, to prepare the Trinamool Congress for the 2023 parliamentary elections.

Meghalaya is the last state where the Trinamool, in expansion mode for the last few months, has made an advance. In Assam, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana, its breakthrough came at the expense of Congress.

Her acquisition list over the past few weeks has included Luizinho Faleiro in Goa, former Rahul Gandhi aide Ashok Tanwar in Haryana and former Janata Dal United leader Pawan Verma in Bihar.

Yesterday in Delhi, Mamata Banerjee gave an open invitation to any leader who wanted to join Trinamool in the fight against the BJP. She also flared up when asked about a possible meeting with congressional chief Sonia Gandhi, questioning whether it was “mandatory.”

Mr. Kishor has never made a secret of his concerns with Congress. In his last criticism in October – weeks after talks over his accession to Congress had cooled – he said the BJP is not going anywhere and will remain at the “center of the Indian state”, win or lose.

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