'Modi is hugely popular,' admits Prashant Kishor in viral clips

Shalini Ojha
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10 Apr 2021: 'Modi is hugely popular,' admits Prashant Kishor in viral clips

On Saturday, just as the fourth phase of Assembly elections started in West Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Amit Malviya shared clips of Prashant Kishor, the election strategist for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, wherein he admitted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is highly popular.

As Malviya used the clips to claim Trinamool Congress has conceded defeat, Kishor hit back.

Here's what went down.

What happened: While speaking with journalists, Kishor revealed what's working for BJP

Recently, Kishor and nearly a dozen journalists had a conversation on Clubhouse, a social media app.

In one of the clips which Malviya shared, the strategist, who had worked with BJP before the 2014 polls, was asked what was helping the saffron party in the Eastern state.

Kishor revealed that polarization, PM Modi's popularity, and anger against ruling TMC are drawing crowds to BJP's rallies.

What he said: He said voters hope BJP will bring a change

At one point, Kishor said the voters are yearning for a change and hope that BJP would do something they haven't witnessed in the last 30-35 years.

"Bengal ne BJP ka swad abhi chakha nai hai," he said.

Notably, Banerjee, who is eyeing a third term this time, had ended the 34-year-long Left rule in the state in 2011.

Fact: Kishor talked about PM Modi's cult in this clip

Appeasement: Left, Congress, TMC have focused on Muslim appeasement: Kishor

In another clip, Kishor was heard saying that for the last 20 years all players, from the Left to Congress and TMC have indulged in Muslim appeasement.

Separately, in another clip, he revealed that TMC's internal survey also didn't bring good news for the party.

According to Kishor, when asked who will form the government this time, most of the voters took BJP's name.

Fact: Here's the clip where he mentioned TMC's internal survey

Response: As clips gained attention, Kishor hurled a challenge toward BJP

After the bombshell clips became a talking point on Twitter, Kishor appeared to do damage control by daring BJP to share the entire conversation.

"I am glad BJP is taking my chat more seriously than words of their own leaders! They should show courage and share the full chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it, (sic)" he tweeted.

Fact: You can see his tweet here

Statement: Kishor said he would quit if BJP breaches three-digit mark

Earlier in a conversation with Indian Express, Kishor had said BJP won't breach the three-digit mark. West Bengal has 294 seats and is voting in eight phases.

"If they do, I will cease to exist as a political aide to anyone. I must quit this space, and quitting this space does not mean Twitter; I won't do this work ever," he had said.