Kolkata: A week ago, TMC had put all speculation about the ‘much-discussed’ rift between political strategist Prashant Kishor and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to rest at the State Coordination Committee meeting at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata. On Thursday, when Shatrughan Sinha, the TMC candidate in the byelection to the Asansol Lok Sabha seat, said in an interview that it was poll strategist Prashant Kishor who first reached out to the actor-turned-politician and played a key role in his crossover, no room was left for any more confusion.
“Prashant Kishor reached out to me. We had a hearty chat, a long chat and discussed so many issues. He wanted me to come to the Trinamool,” Shatrughan Sinha told in an interview with NDTV.
The popular Bollywood actor also said that West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee tweeted that he should join her party and fight from the Asansol parliamentary seat. “My elder brother Yashwant Sinha and Prashant Kishor played a very crucial role,” Shatrughan Sinha told NDTV.
Sinha quit the BJP and joined the Congress just before the 2019 election. When asked why he changed parties, he wasn’t ready to divulge details. He said, he didn’t want to “criticise the Congress at its time of crisis.” He also spoke about his “high regards for Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.” “I have no complaints with Rahul Gandhi. But there are people I’d rather not talk about. I don’t want to talk about them,” said the Kalicharan and Dostana actor.
He says TMC will be his last stop and he will remain with Mamata forever. “I am with Mamata didi, I will remain with her. Thus far and no further,” he said.
Meanwhile, post BJP’s win over four states, Prashant Kishor launched an attack on the Narendra Modi-led government and said that the state results will have no effect on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
“Battle for India will be fought and decided in 2024 and 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.