Poll strategist Prashant Kishor met Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee for the second time in a month fuelling speculation that he might take a lead role in preparing the party’s strategy for the 2021 West Bengal Assembly polls.
The development comes in the backdrop of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) making deep inroads in West Bengal and putting up a tough challenge to the ruling TMC in the state.
Mr Kishor met Ms Banerjee, also the West Bengal chief minister, at the state secretariat and had a closed-door meeting with her that lasted for around two hours, sources in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
He was accompanied by TMC MP and the chief minister’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee.
Although the TMC leadership as well as Mr Kishor remained tight-lipped about his likely appointment to help the party prepare a roadmap for the 2021 Assembly polls, a highly-placed source said nothing was finalised as of now and it was too early to comment on the matter.
“Kishor has a style of functioning. Before offering a suggestion or an opinion, he takes a lot of time to study the subject. If he is appointed, everyone will get to know,” the source said.
Apart from Ms Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee, a handful of top TMC leaders are aware of what transpired at the meeting.
“It was a closed-door meeting. It can be guessed that they discussed about Prashant’s formal appointment and the role he and his team would play in shaping the plan of action for the TMC,” the source said.