#Clubhouse #PrashantKishor: Bengal Assembly Elections 2021: To emphasise his point about a selective leak, Prashant Kishor highlighted one of Amit Malviya’s audio clips in which he discusses what he refers to as the assumption that the BJP will win the Bengal election.
In excerpts from a Clubhouse chat posted on Twitter by the BJP’s Amit Malviya this morning, Prashant Kishor, Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist for the Bengal polls, appears to suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “as influential as” the state’s Chief Minister. As Bengalis voted in the fourth round of elections, the bombshell audio clips went viral, prompting a flood of triumphant posts from BJP leaders who yelled, “Game Over, Trinamool!”
Mr Kishor appeared to say in a chat with journalists last evening that polarisation, rage against the Mamata Banerjee government, and Dalit votes were the three factors working in the BJP’s favour in this election.
“The TMC’s election has just been thrown away,” Amit Malviya, the BJP’s social media in-charge, said of the viral clips in the midst of Mamata Banerjee’s tense campaign against the BJP
Mr Kishor challenged the BJP to release the full transcript of the chat on Clubhouse, an invitation-only social media app that allows audio discussions in chatrooms, in his first response to the scathing tweets.
“I’m glad the BJP guys are paying attention to my Clubhouse talk rather than their own leaders’ words. I encourage them to release the entire conversation in response to the selective and skewed usage of a portion of it,” the poll strategist told NDTV.
“They should show bravery and post the whole chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it,” he added on Twitter. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the BJP will not CROSS 100 in West Bengal. “End of storey.”
To emphasise his point about selective leaks, Mr Kishor highlighted one of Mr Malviya’s audio clips in which he discusses what he refers to as the “perception” that the BJP would win the Bengal election.
In the video, Mr. Kishor says: “If there is a vote, it will be in Modi’s name, in the name of Hinduism. The causes are polarisation, Modi, SC (Scheduled Castes), and Hindi-speaking. But it makes no difference whether a Hindu or Prashant Kishor is going.
That isn’t the issue. Modi is well-liked in this country. More than one crore votes have been cast by Hindi-speakers. Dalits make up 27% of the population and are staunch supporters of the BJP. Furthermore, there is undeniable polarisation.”
“What way will the Matua group vote?” a journalist wonders
The response was as follows: “Matuas would vote primarily for the BJP, but not as unifiedly as they did in the Lok Sabha. I predict a 75-to-25 split between the BJP and the Trinamool Congress. We conduct a poll to determine who you will vote for and who will form the government. The response to the question of “who will form the government” is primarily the BJP. We investigated why this is the case.
This is because BJP voters are already predicting the party’s victory. Left-leaning voters make up 15% of the electorate, and two-thirds of them believe the BJP will form the government. As a result, you’ll still hear a majority proclaiming that the BJP is gaining power. Whatever happens, Left supporters argue, if the BJP wins, we’ll be back in business; at the very least, Mamata (Banerjee) should lose now.
It’s just a matter of perspective. People believe the BJP does not have staff on the ground, which is the main problem on the ground. That isn’t correct. On the ground, the BJP has a large number of supporters. They may have all come from the left, but they are all working hard for the BJP. There isn’t a single part of Bengal where the BJP doesn’t have a powerful presence.”
The Matuas are Bangladeshi Hindu refugees from the lower castes who have a huge influence on Bengali votes.
“So who’s voting for Trinamool?” Mr Kishor is asked.
“50-55 percent of Hindus vote for BJP,” he responds, before the audio cuts out.
“For example, this was said in response to the question – how BJP is getting around 40% vote and why there is a perception that BJP is winning?” Mr Kishor said today in response to the clip.
In another film, Mr Kishor appears to admit that there is resentment in the state against Mamata Banerjee’s government, but not against the federal government.
Journalists wonder why PM Modi is so famous in Bengal and why, considering the economic crisis, there is no anti-incumbency movement against his government.
The strategist responds as follows: “There isn’t any. Modi has a cult following throughout the world.”
He also adds the following: “Modi is well-liked in Bengal. We’re conducting a poll of politicians, and both PM Modi and Mamata are equally famous, which is a significant finding.”
Mr Kishor “spoke too much without understanding that the conversation is not private and is being watched,” according to Amit Malviya’s tweets.
The results will be announced on May 2 after four more rounds of voting in Bengal.