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Want to quit this, do something else: Prashant Kishor

Kishor also alleged that the Election Commission “has been working like an extension of BJP”. “From allowing use of religion by BJP to scheduling poll and bending rules, EC did everything to aid the saffron party,” he said.

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata |
Updated: May 3, 2021 4:08:58 am
Prashant Kishor (File photo)Prashant Kishor (File photo)

WEST BENGAL Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Sunday announced that he was “quitting” his work as a political consultant in the wake of the massive victory of the TMC in Bengal.

In December, in the face of several TMC leaders being inducted into the BJP, Kishor ironically had tweeted that he would quit the political space if the BJP were to cross a hundred seats in Bengal, and that he was confident that they would be reduced to a figure under that.

Even as his words turned out to be prophetic, Kishor on Sunday announced on television channels that he did not want to “continue what he was doing.”

Speaking to NDTV, he said, “I have done enough. It is time for me to take a break and do something else in life. I want to quit this space.”

To India Today, Kishor said he was thinking about quitting for a while, and Bengal has given him that chance. Pressed on whether he would join electoral politics, he remained non committal. He said said politics has always been on the radar, but that he had failed in the past and he would have to rethink what he had done wrong, and had not made a decision thus far.

Kishor, who works with the political consultancy IPAC, said it was time for his colleagues, “who had done the actual work” to take over, and there was no better time than now to hand over the baton to someone.

In December, Kishor had tweeted, “For all the hype amplified by a section of the supportive media, in reality BJP will struggle to cross double digits in West Bengal. Please save this tweet…”

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