File photo: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Prashant Kishor.
While the BJP may be cheering the Twitter war between the Congress Party and the Trinamool Congress, one thing is becoming clear, which was always feared, that the proposed opposition unity is just a daydream which must be good to think and hear. Sounds like it, but making it a reality is much more difficult than conquering Everest.
There is a front called UPA against BJP for many years, whose members list has been missing from many influential regional parties. After winning the elections in West Bengal for the third consecutive time in the month of July, the Chief Minister of the state Mamata Banerjee raised the matter of a greater opposition unity and also took the initiative in this direction, but as expected, the face of the prime ministership of the shared opposition is already in turmoil. has started, while the next Lok Sabha election is still almost two and a half years away.
Prashant Kishor’s sarcasm on Congress party
At the root of the latest spat between the Congress party and the Trinamool Congress is a Twitter post by Trinamool Congress election advisor Prashant Kishor. Prashant Kishor did not name the Congress party in his tweet and used the word GOP (Grand Old Party). In the politics of India, the Congress party is the GOP, which was established 136 years ago. Prashant Kishor, using the GOP address, took a dig at the Congress party and said that those who expected that the GOP (Congress Party) would be revived by the controversy over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, would be disappointed. Not everyone has the capacity to hear the harsh truth, not at all in the Congress party, otherwise India’s oldest party would not have had such a disaster.
Attack on Mamta Banerjee without naming Baghel
Prashant Kishor may have told a truth, but this thing pricked the Congress party and the process of counterattack started. The initiative was taken by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. His chair is in turmoil, he is in office only as long as Rahul Gandhi wishes. Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were the architects of the Congress party’s aggressive policy on the Lakhimpur incident. Rahul Gandhi had reached Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow with Chhattisgarh CM Baghel and Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Although Baghel is not counted among the big or central leaders of the Congress party, but this was the opportunity for him to impress Rahul Gandhi. So he retaliated on Prashant Kishor.
Baghel also did not take the name of Mamata Banerjee or Trinamool Congress in his tweet, but said that which would increase the tension between the Congress party and the Trinamool Congress. And seeing the possibilities of becoming a national alternative by including Congress leaders in his party, he is very disappointed.
Baghel’s target was on Mamta Banerjee. Trinamool Congress won the election, Paramata Banerjee herself lost the election from Nandigram area, due to which she had to make the situation for the by-election by getting the MLA elected from her old Bhawanipur seat to resign. After a lot of struggle, the by-election was held recently and Mamata Banerjee won, and her chair was saved. But losing himself in the election, becoming the Chief Minister and then becoming an MLA through the by-election, has definitely become a blot on Mamata Banerjee’s bio-data somewhere.
Trinamool’s counter attack
Where the Trinamool Congress was going to be behind, reminded the Congress party that those living in glass houses do not throw stones at other’s houses. The Trinamool Congress also reminded the Congress party of the defeat of Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in the 2019 general elections. This debate is not going to end yet. The biggest question that arises from this episode is Prashant Kishor’s conduct and his intentions. Till now the talk was going on that he is going to join the Congress party and he will make a strategy to make the Congress party the victory of the party in the 2024 general elections and make Rahul Gandhi the next Prime Minister of the country. It was also believed that Prashant Kishor had become close to Rahul Gandhi and on his advice, the Congress party in Punjab had decided to change the state president and chief minister just before the assembly elections.
Big question on leadership ability of Rahul Gandhi
Prashant Kishor had resigned from the post of Principal Advisor to the then Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. He became Amarinder Singh’s official advisor and later Rahul Gandhi’s unofficial advisor, when his company was working for the Trinamool Congress and Mamata Banerjee. His company is currently trying to pit the Trinamool Congress against the BJP in Tripura. Senior Congress leader in Goa and former Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro, who recently quit the Congress party and became the Trinamool Congress chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Goa Assembly, also said that he took this decision only on the advice of Prashant Kishor. . More recently, Sushmita Dev, the national president of Congress Mahila Morcha, also left the Congress party and joined the Trinamool Congress. In a hurry, the Trinamool Congress also made him a member of the Rajya Sabha. Sushmita Dev is the daughter of late Santosh Mohan Dev, leader of the Congress Party, who was originally from Assam. Trinamool Congress may have brought Sushmita Dev on the advice of Prashant Kishor as part of Trinamool Congress’s plan to expand in Assam.
It is believed that it is very easy to impress Rahul Gandhi. Is it that Prashant Kishor has come close to Rahul Gandhi just because he weakens his position and establishes Mamata Banerjee as the face of opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 general elections? If this is true, then it raises a big question on the leadership ability of Rahul Gandhi that how he relied so much on Mamata Banerjee’s stalwart Prashant Kishor that on his advice he shook the party and the party government in Punjab.
Punjab is one of the three Congress-ruled states and assembly elections are due in the state in the first quarter of next year. The defeat or victory of the Congress party in Punjab will depend on whether other opposition parties will agree to present Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial face. It is well known that the decision to reshuffle in Punjab was taken by Rahul Gandhi and if the party loses the elections in the state, then Rahul Gandhi’s position will be weak and Mamata Banerjee’s position will be strengthened. Perhaps this is the reason why Trinamool Congress is not going to contest elections in Punjab.
In a world of mystery, adventure and espionage, double agents play an important role, who work for the intelligence agencies of two conflicting countries – one to deceive and force the position of the other. Is it that Prashant Kishor tried to play the same role so that Rahul Gandhi becomes weak and all opposition parties accept Mamata Banerjee as their leader even before the 2024 elections come?