BJP winning Bengal: Amit Malviya releases Prashant Kishor's Clubhouse audio; poll strategist clarifies

BJP winning Bengal: Amit Malviya releases Prashant Kishor's Clubhouse audio; poll strategist clarifies

The audio bomb was released by the BJP as the state is voting in the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly election

Prashant Kishor, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's election strategist, has said in a Clubhouse chat that the Bharatiya Janata Party is winning in the West Bengal Assembly election. Prashant Kishor is also heard saying that PM Narendra Modi is hugely popular in West Bengal. According to Prashant Kishor, this is one of the three factors which would decide which party sweeps the state.

Amit Malviya, BJP IT cell head, shared the purported conversation of Prashant Kishor in an open Clubhouse organised by a journalist where the poll strategist is purportedly heard discussing a TMC survey that shows the BJP is winning Bengal in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly election.

The audio bomb was released by the BJP as the state is voting in the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly election, triggering several from the saffron party going ballistic over the comment.

Releasing the audio, Amit Malviya tweeted saying Prashant Kishor has conceded TMC's defeat in the West Bengal polls, according to TMC's internal survey.

In the leaked audio, tweeted by Amit Malviya and Tajinder Singh Bagga and several other BJP leaders, Prashant Kishor is heard saying that PM Modi is as popular in West Bengal as CM Mamata Banerjee.

"Agar vote hain toh Modi ke naam par vote hai, Hindu hone ke naam par vote hai, polarisation, Modi, Hindibhasi, SC, yeh factors hain [If there are votes, they are in the name of Modi [PM], and being a Hiindu; the factors in this election are polarisation, Modi, SC [votes]"

Prashant Kishor is also heard saying that factors such as Suvendu Adhikari's exit from the Trinamool Congress and him advising Mamata Banerjee for the West Bengal polls will have little impact in this election. Rather, Dalits and the Mathua communities specifically voting for the BJP is a very important factor," Prashant Kishor said.

"Suvendu chale gaye ya Prashant chale aaye, uska koie mudda nahi hai. Modi yahan popular hai, Hindi bhashiyo ki 1 crore se zyada vote hai, Dalit yahan par 27% hai, aur woh poori tarah se BJP ke saath kahda hai. [There are more than 1 crore votes of people who primarily speak Hindi, the state has 27 per cent Dalits and they are all voting for the BJP]. Plus, there's polarisation," Prashant Kishor is heard saying in the leaked audio.

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Prashant Kishor also goes on to concede that the BJP has cadre on the ground who are dedicated to the saffron party and "PM Narendra Modi and CM Mamata Banerjee are equally popular" in West Bengal.

When asked why is PM Modi popular in West Bengal, Prashant Kishor says: "There's a cult around Modi across the country. There is a certain percentage of people who see God in Modi. In Bengal, the Hindi-speaking population is the core of Modi's support base. The anti-incumbency is against the state government, not the Centre."

"Modi is popular here [Bengal]. Modi and Mamata are equally popular which is a very big thing. Modi is also popular because Bengal has not yet had a taste of the BJP. That's a factor. People think that BJP will do something that they haven't seen in the past 30 years. There's anger towards Trinamool Congress, that's a factor," Prashant Kishor said in the audio tweeted by Tajinder Singh Bagga.

The session called ‘Bright Wing’ took place on Clubhouse late Friday. Notably, the Clubhouse app does not allow recording of conversations. Since it was an open forum, the conversation between the journalists and Prashant Kishor was recorded on another phone. The BJP released the audio on Saturday morning.

Releasing the audio, senior BJP leader Amit Malviya claimed that Prashant Kishor conceded even TMCs internal surveys show that the saffron party was winning West Bengal.

"In a public chat on Club House, Mamata Banerjee's election strategist concedes that even in TMC's internal surveys, BJP is winning. The vote is for Modi, polarisation is a reality, the SCs (27% of WB's population), Matuas are all voting for the BJP! BJP has cadre on ground. Another candid admission by Mamata Banerjee's election strategist - all that the Left, Congress and TMC ecosystem have done in the last 20 years is Muslim appeasement. Implication? It has resulted in resentment on ground. The speakers had not realised that the chat was public!" Amit Malviya said.

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