The Trinamool Congress will proceed to work with political strategist Prashant Kishor, occasion chief Mamata Banerjee instructed NDTV at present. The remark from Ms Banerjee, who was voted again to energy in Bengal with assist from Prashant Kishor’s outfit IPAC, got here days after Mr Kishor’s failed try to affix the Congress occasion.
Prashant Kishor or PK’s talks with be part of the grand previous occasion fell through final week after Congress didn’t settle for his calls for for a free hand within the occasion. As a substitute, Congress supplied him to affix the occasion as a part of its “Empowered Motion Group” which he declined.
In keeping with occasion sources, a piece within the Congress had cited what they referred to as Mr Kishor’s lack of “ideological” dedication, pointing to the IPAC’s cope with Telangana’s ruling occasion and the Trinamool Congress.
Chatting with NDTV, Mamata Banerjee mentioned that the identical considerations had been raised by senior Trinamool Congress however it was “made clear” to them that the occasion will proceed its affiliation with him.
“Even throughout the Trinamool Congress there have been variations of opinion on his position however it was made clear that the affiliation with him will proceed as an election strategist,” she mentioned.
Prashant Kishor, who was drafted by Mamata Banerjee for her Bengal election marketing campaign, continues to work along with her occasion even after its large victory final 12 months.
In latest months, he has been instrumental in recruiting veterans from rival events, primarily the Congress, for the Trinamool. He has additionally held talks centered on Mamata Banerjee because the potential pivot of an opposition coalition to tackle the BJP within the 2024 nationwide election.
After months of negotiations and hypothesis about Congress’s acceptance of his provide to rejuvenate the occasion as a part of it, Mr Kishor had turned down the occasion proposal to affix its “Empowered Motion Group”. PK wished to be both political secretary to the Congress president or Vice President, sources mentioned.
Sources near Prashant Kishor and the Congress had indicated that the occasion was unwilling to decide to the sweeping reforms he instructed, which might have taken a bit of veterans out of their consolation zones.