Prashant Kishore, electoral strategy extraordinaire set tounges wagging with his recent meet and greet with Udhav Thackeray and his son Aditya Thackeray. The latter even thanked Kishore for a productive meeting. Will Shiv Sena back BJP in the up and coming elections? Is there a new addition to the mahagatbhandhan? The entire political spectrum is filled with anticipation as to what the meeting means.
Was it just a courtesy visit. A celebrated electoral strategist giving a powerful regional ally its due. Or is the groundwork being laid for something more consequential. The Shiva Sena has been a reluctant ally at best. A constant thorn at the BJP’s side it rarely supports the party in any of its endeavours. Whats even more surprising is that the number 2 man of Bihar’s Chief Minister will meet the leader of a party that has excoriated Bihari’s in his state.
Shiva Sena has often lambasted Bihari migrants as thieves who steal jobs from the local populace leaving them high and dry. It is unlikely that Kishore raised such concerns with his hosts.
All eyes will be on Kishore as the election season heats up. He was the architect of BJP’s election victory in 2014. He ran a smart,savvy campaign that resonated with the masses. He repeated his magic in the local Bihar elections leading Nishit Kumar to victory.
He also steered the Congress campaign in Punjab giving the Congress a much needed victory. There’s only one taint in his record his inability to deliver a win for Congress in the state wide UP elections despite the governments very public missteps vis a vis the note ban.