As PM Modi projects a BJP win in 2024, Prashant Kishor has this to say
Taking to Twitter, the election strategist said people should not fall prey to this ‘false narrative’ as the ‘battle for India will be fought and decided in 2024.’
In his first tweet since January 7, election strategist Prashant Kishor said on Friday that the actual battle for India will be fought and decided in the 2024 general elections, as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious in four out of five states which went to polls in February and March, and the counting of votes for which took place a day ago.
“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 the state results to establish a decisive psychological advantage over opposition. Don’t fall or be part of this false narrative,” Kishor posted on Twitter.
While the former JD(U) vice-president did not name anyone, the tweet was a direct response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks from Thursday when, addressing BJP workers at the party headquarters in Delhi after it retained power in Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa, as well as the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, the latter said that ‘the 2022 verdict decided the outcome of 2024.’
“After the 2019 polls, some political pundits had said that the 2017 poll results had decided the 2019 outcome. I think they will say that the 2022 poll verdict decided the outcome of 2024 elections,” PM Modi said.
The phrase ‘Saheb,’ meanwhile, is often used by opposition leaders and critics for the Prime Minister. The term has its origins in the 2009 ‘snoopgate’ controversy, when he was the chief minister of Gujarat.
The BJP’s win in Uttar Pradesh is most significant as it is now the first party since 1985 to win a second straight term in the country’s most populous state. With more than 200 million inhabitants and 80 Lok Sabha seats--the highest among all states and Union territories--it is often said that ‘the road to Delhi goes via (UP’s capital) Lucknow.’ In the BJP's consecutive Lok Sabha election victories, in 2014 and 2019, when it bagged 282 and 303 seats respectively, UP contributed 71 and 62 seats.
PM Modi himself is a 2-term and incumbent parliamentarian from the state’s Varanasi constituency.