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Tactician for all seasons: Where is Prashant Kishor heading next?

In his engagements with the big leaguers, Kishor could have got anything for the asking if only he was more tactful with the bosses

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Prashant Kishor | West Bengal Assembly polls

Radhika Ramaseshan 

Prashant Kishor, political strategist
Prashant Kishor, political strategist

Success engenders unwanted speculation. For Prashant Kis­h­or, the current round of Asse­m­bly brought a double windfall. He won West Bengal for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Tamil Nadu for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), although he is loath to call himself a catalyst. But he would also baulk at being label­led a backroom boy. It’s hard to characterise Kishor, who can be described approximately as a political strategist-cum-adviser to leaders, encompassing the gamut from the right to centre and left-of-centre. He’s probably more than what the appell­ations signify. Mamata Ban­erjee, the TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister, wanted to hire him so badly before the that she rushed him to Kolkata when he was mourning a family member’s death. In Tamil Nadu, M K Stalin, as desperate to wrest the state, had fixed up Kishor in ad­vance. Electioneering in the two states couldn’t have been more different: West Bengal was hype, hoopla and hysteria, while Tamil Nadu was relatively muted.

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First Published: Sat, May 08 2021. 06:10 IST