Kolkata: Political strategist Prashant Kishor has rubbished the media reports that have recently claimed he is having a rift with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, with whom he had worked in the 2021 assembly elections in the eastern state.
In a recent interview with The Wire, Kishor said, “I laugh it off. This shows how little the so called news analysts and journalists know me and my work. For the last two and a half years since I went to West Bengal, there has been around five hundred news pieces, if not more, talking about how it was impossible for me to work with Didi, how TMC was going to collapse, how everyone was deserting TMC because of Prashant Kishor and I-PAC… What happened on the result day?
“Now the same gyani people are again writing that there is a rift between me and Mamata Banerjee which I am not aware of but they are aware.”
Days ago, several media reports claimed Mamata and a section of her Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders were unhappy with the functioning of Kishor and his political consultant I-PAC.
However, IBNS had reported that the reports of rift between Kishor and Mamata were untrue and I-PAC was working closely with the ruling party of West Bengal.
Taking a dig at a local newspaper report that had literally quoted WhatsApp exchanges between Kishor and Mamata, the political strategist, who is popularly known as PK, said, “Somebody has even done a report actually quoting the WhatsApp exchange between me and Didi.
“And I was laughing about it that till very recently we knew the government has a Pegasus but didn’t know even journalists have it where one can snoop into my phone and know what I am texting Mamata Banerjee and what Didi is texting me back. This is ridiculous.”
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kalyan Banerjee’s remarks lashing out at I-PAC, run by political strategist Prashant Kishor, has sparked a fresh row. The TMC MP said, “A political party should run like a political party and not by a contractor.”
“I have been an MP from the region but I have never been consulted over the appointment of the board of administrators in the municipal corporation. But I-PAC has appointed several people to the board of administrators. Now, I am having a tough time explaining this to people,” he said.
India Blooms News Service