‘Prashant Kishor audio’ claims Modi popular in Bengal, Dalits backing BJP

The poll strategist responded daring the BJP to share the full chat

Prashant Kishor
Prashant Kishor purportedly said at Club House app chat: “Even in TMC’s internal surveys, BJP is winning.”

Audio clips of a purported private chat between Trinamool Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor and a group of Delhi-based journalists are the latest addition to the BJP’s arsenal in the fiercely fought electoral battle in Bengal.

Tweeting four audio clips of the chat ostensibly held on Clubhouse app, BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malviya on Saturday claimed that “Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist concedes that even in TMC’s internal surveys, BJP is winning.”

“Modi is popular here, the Hindi-speaking people have over one crore votes, Dalits account for 27 per cent — and they are fully backing the BJP. Plus, there is polarisation,” a person, allegedly Kishor, was heard saying in the audio clips, veracity of which could not be confirmed independently by The Federal.

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“Even in our surveys on who will form the government, predominantly people say BJP is coming to power. Why is it so? When we probed it further, we found it is because those who are voting for the BJP are naturally claiming the party will form the government. In addition, among those voting for the Left — 10-15 per cent — about two-third think the BJP will form the government. So, the majority view you are hearing is that the BJP is coming to power,” Kishor allegedly claimed.

He further claimed to have admitted there is anti-incumbency against the ruling TMC and that 50-55 per cent Hindus are voting for the BJP.

Incidentally, in the last Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had cornered around 54 per cent of the Hindu votes to bag 18 of the state’s 42 parliamentary seats.

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Reacting to the leak, Kishor in a tweet dared the BJP to share the full chat. “I am glad BJP is taking my chat more seriously than the words or their own leaders. They should show courage and share the full chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it. I have said this before and repeating again—BJP will not to CROSS 100 in WB (Sic)” Kishor said in his tweet.

He said that Malviya highlighted only the part of the conversation where he was explaining how the BJP was getting 40 per cent votes. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP got little over 40 per cent votes.

Earlier in December last year the poll strategist had said he would quit Twitter if the BJP reached three figure mark in the Bengal assembly elections.

The BJP leaders were quick to seize the opportunity to use the audio clips in its perception battle to influence “silent voters.”

BJP leader Locket Chatterjee said that even Prashant Kishor “knows that Modi is the best and ‘Sonar Bangla’ will be built under his leadership.”

Since the first phase of polling, the BJP leaders are trying to create a perception that the electoral battle was all over for the TMC.

“Didi (Mamata Banerjee)’s face itself indicates the TMC’s defeat,” Prime Minister Modi said at a rally after the second-phase polling on April 1.

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