Trinamool Congress still hopes to get PK's services in Bengal's political sphere
Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) Despite poll strategist Prashant Kishor's hint about floating his own political party and beginning the journey in Bihar, the Trinamool Congress is hoping that the party's association with the Kishor-floated Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) will continue at least in West Bengal.
Trinamool Congress state vice president Jaiprakash Majumdar said that recently West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, told the media that Prashant Kishor or PK has assured her of his cooperation in West Bengal.
"PK himself has said that his relationship with Mamata Banerjee is extremely strong and he views her as a national leader. His cooperation with Trinamool Congress will continue as before. Apart from that what he would do is his personal decision and his democratic right," Majumdar said.
Trinamool Congress's hope for continuation of the association with I-PAC stems from the fact that although I-PAC was founded by Prashant Kishor, officially he does not hold any position in the organization. Hence in that case, PK does not have any bar over continuing with his own future political plans starting with Bihar, while I-PAC continues its association with the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. I-PAC has already entered into an agreement with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) for drawing up the blueprint for the latter for the 2023 Telangana assembly polls.
However, political strategist Rajagopal Dhar Chakraborty feels that although such an option is quite possible but in that case the credibility of PK might be in question. "I do not know whether the vote strategist can afford that,' he said.
The BJP, Congress and the Left Front leaders have ridiculed PK's Twitter message dropping a hint of floating his own political party. They feel that fighting the polls directly and drawing up election blueprints for established political parties are two entirely different things. They pointed out that although PK is popular among some political parties because of his packaged strategies, at the personal level he has no mass appeal.