‘Not divine right of an individual’: Prashant Kishor on Opposition management

After a number of Congress leaders expressed their displeasure over TMC chief Mamata Banerjee hinting at a united opposition minus Congress, political strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday stated that management of the Opposition ought to be determined democratically. He additionally added that the Congress’ management shouldn’t be the divine proper of a person.

The criticism, apparently aimed toward Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, follows the same jibe by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Mumbai on Wednesday.

“The IDEA and SPACE that #Congress represents is vital for a strong opposition. But Congress’ leadership is not the DIVINE RIGHT of an individual especially, when the party has lost more than 90% elections in last 10 years. Let opposition leadership be decided Democratically,” Kishore wrote on Twitter.

His comment sparked a pointy response from the Congress with social gathering spokesperson Pawan Khera saying on Twitter, “The individual being discussed here is pursuing his Divine Duty to struggle and save Indian democracy from the RSS.”

“A professional without ideological commitment is free to advice parties/individuals on how to contest elections but he cannot set the agenda of our politics,” Khera added.

A day earlier, Banerjee had visited NCP chief Sharad Pawar in Mumbai and hinted at the potential of forming a coalition of regional events to defeat the BJP in 2024 common elections. However, she stated that the coalition is not going to be alongside the strains of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

“If all the regional parties are together, then it is very easy to defeat the BJP,” Banerjee stated in Mumbai, including “you can’t be abroad most of the time. Continuous endeavour is necessary in politics.”

Rahul Gandhi has been criticised again and again by the opposition for his quite a few abroad journeys.

Two months in the past, Kishor had been in talks with Congress social gathering leaders, together with Rahul Gandhi, prompting rumours that Kishor could also be becoming a member of Congress. However, indications of a rift between the ballot strategist and the social gathering emerged after he publicly critcised its leaders following the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.