Prashant Kishor says “BJP is not going anywhere for many decades” & Rahul Gandhi “doesn’t realise it”

His comments indicate that his talks with the Gandhis & Congress have failed.

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor has said that “the BJP is not going anywhere for many decades” and “the problem with Rahul Gandhi is that he does not realise it”. Kishor said this in Goa on Wednesday, indicating yet again that his talks with the Gandhis and the Congress have failed altogether.

Kishor was seen in a clip from a Q&A session shared on social media, where he said the BJP would remain at the centre of Indian politics for several decades – whether it wins or loses – just like it was for the Congress in the first 40 years after Independence.

“BJP is going to be the centre of Indian polity… whether they win, whether they lose, like it was for the first 40 years for Congress. BJP is going nowhere. Once you secure 30 per cent plus votes at the India-level you are not going away in a hurry. So do not ever get into this trap that people are getting angry and they will throw away [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi. Maybe they will throw away Modi but BJP is not going anywhere…” Kishor said.

He added: “That is where the problem lies with Rahul Gandhi probably. He thinks it’s just a matter of time that people will throw him away. That’s not happening.” Kishor also said: “Unless you examine, understand and take cognizance of (PM Modi’s) strength, you will never be able to put (in place) a counter to defeat him.”

Earlier this month, the poll strategist pointed at “deep-rooted” problems in the Congress, and “cautioned” those who felt that Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s move to meet the families of the farmers killed in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh would mean a “quick, spontaneous revival” of a Congress-led Opposition force in the country. He said that “unfortunately there are no quick fix solutions to the deep-rooted problems and structural weakness” of the Congress party.

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