Opposition unity unstable and ideologically divided, said Prashant Kishor
Kishor criticizes media’s portrayal of opposition unity, stresses importance of shared ideology
Kishor’s assessment of opposition unity draws mixed reactions from political analysts and leaders
Kishor’s tour of Bihar adds to discourse on 2024 Lok Sabha elections and Indian politics
PATNA: Election strategist Prashant Kishor has recently made some controversial statements about the possibility of opposition unity against the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. According to Kishor, the opposition unity is unstable and ideologically divided, making it ineffective in challenging the BJP’s strengths in Hindutva, nationalism, and welfare.
In an interview with NDTV, Kishor argued that bringing all parties and leaders on one platform would not be sufficient to challenge the BJP. Instead, he emphasized the need for an alliance of other ideologies, such as Gandhian, Ambedkarite, socialist, and leftist, to fight against the ideology of Hindutva.
Kishor also criticized the media’s portrayal of opposition unity as a mere coming together of parties and leaders, focusing instead on the importance of an ideological alliance. He argued that without a shared ideology, the opposition would not be able to defeat the BJP.
Kishor’s statements have sparked a debate among political analysts and leaders, with some agreeing with his assessment of opposition unity while others dismissing it as pessimistic. Nonetheless, Kishor remains an influential figure in Indian politics, having worked as a strategist for various political parties and leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Currently, Kishor is on a tour of Bihar under the ‘Jan Suraj Yatra’ to understand the state’s political and social landscape. His statements on opposition unity have added to the ongoing discourse on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and the future of Indian politics.