The man is back with a bang. No, we are not talking about the newly sworn in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath but the much-feted election strategist Prashant Kishor or PK.
Yes, the man who led the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to believe that the Bengal-based party has a “real chance” in Goa; the man who is leading the TMC to believe that after Left and the TMC, they are next in line in Tripura; and the man who played a key role in catapulting Trinamool as the main Opposition party in Meghalaya by engineering the defection of the majority of the Congress lawmakers into TMC.
From Meghalaya to Goa to Tripura, every move of Kishor seemed aimed at “teaching” the Congress a lesson after the ailing grand old party couldn’t reach a consensus on having him as the virtual number two after the Gandhis.
That’s a plan the election strategist has tried and failed with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and, as a result, got thrown out of the party.
Similar attempts in Trinamool saw a rather bitter fallout between Mamata loyalists and those who take their cue from Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
But Kishor is showing signs of desperation now. With the Congress down in the dump and just about anybody (from party leaders to commentators) questioning the utility of the Gandhis for the Congress, Kishor has stepped in through his carefully crafted eco-system.
“Battle for India will be fought and decided in 2024 & not in any state #elections Saheb knows this! Hence this clever attempt to create frenzy around state results to establish a decisive psychological advantage over opposition. Don’t fall or be part of this false narrative,”tweeted Kishor.
The tweet wasn’t just a message to the Gandhis but also to the eco-system at large. Celebrity editors had a round table where he stated that the Congress is the only national party that can take on the BJP. This, after he hollowed out the party in states like Goa and Meghalaya.
Then came the set of tweets from the faithful who declared that the man from Bihar could soon be working with the ailing party in Gujarat, the next big battle where the Congress is up for some more embarrassment.
The tweets are persistent and so are stories from a leading channel whose journalists virtually take dictation from the strategist on what “angles” to be pursued in their reports.
So what is the man upto? It’s impossible to guess the next move of the man who is supposed to set agendas. But his Twitter bio that reads, “Revere Gandhi” may provide a clue. After all, the Mahatma’s image still adorns the currency that is yet to be demonetised.