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PK’s forays in Didi’s camp turn attention to Nitish and his tiff with BJP

By IndianMandarins- 07 Jun 2019


The less-than-favourable results in her state in 2019 LS Polls have prompted West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamta Banerjee to meet Election Strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday, June 6, in Kolkata. Banerjee is reported to have signed PK to help the TMC with its post-LS Polls strategy and shape a better campaign plan for the 2021 Assembly elections in the state.


So after advising the BJP, Congress, and YSR Congress PK may now be working for Didi. But somehow his latest forays in West Bengal take attention to Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar and his future strategy.


PK is national vice-president of Nitish’s party. It is difficult to believe that PK could have met Mamata without Nitish’s prior consent. Though there are speculations that PK is on the verge of parting ways from Nitish and his JD (U). But in case these speculations are not true then certainly the move on the part of the poll strategist to come together with Mamata Banerjee is politically significant.


It is more than coincidence that PK’s Bengal move comes close on the heels to Nitish-led JD (U) denying to accept portfolio in Modi Govt. 2.0. And to add insult to injury this was followed by Bihar cabinet expansion where eight party MLAs were administered oath of office while those from the BJP were left in the cold. This turned out to be like a tit for tat between Centre and State, or between BJP and JD (U) though the two parties continue to be in alliance despite their relations getting visibly estranged. 


So isn’t it apt to assume that Nitish has started testing waters afresh? Among other reasons because of which Modi won 2019 LS polls is the fact that Mahagathbandhan had no face to match him. As an astute player of politics who could know this better than Nitish Kumar. He is reputed to have the ability to smell opportunity before others. Yet, 2019 proved to be a lost year for him like may be a few other peers in the Opposition. So he may not like to lose it again in 2024. 


Whatever may be the reason, purpose, intent and objective of PK joining hands with Didi, one cannot deny that the move is loaded with quite a few possibilities. And these are still going to take some time to unravel.

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