2024 Elections: Opposition Unity Won’t Work Against BJP, Predicts Prashant Kishor

New Delhi: Opposition unity will ‘never work’ against the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Prashant Kishor predicted on Monday.

The election strategist is of the opinion that Opposition unity is a facade and won’t be possible just by bringing parties or leaders together as it will  be unstable and ideologically disparate.

So what needs to be done to defeat the saffron party at the Centre?

“If you want to challenge the BJP, you have to understand its strengths — Hindutva, nationalism and welfarism. It is a three-level pillar. If you can’t breach at least two of these levels, then you can’t challenge the BJP,” Kishor told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

“There has to be a coalition of ideologies to fight the Hindutva ideology. Gandhiwadi, Ambedkarites, socialists, communists… Ideology is very important but you can’t have blind faith on the basis of ideology,” Kishor said.

“You guys in the media are looking at an opposition alliance as the coming together of parties or leaders. Who’s having lunch with whom, who is invited to tea… I look at it in the formation of ideology. Till such time an ideological alignment will not happen. There is absolutely no way the BJP can be defeated,” Kishor added.

Kishor, who has helped different parties win a number of elections since 2014, is touring Bihar in a ‘Jan Suraaj Yatra’ that he says is an effort to understand the state and create a new political system in the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi’s Congress.

“It is not only about walking. In six months of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, there was a lot of praise and also criticism. After six months of walking, you must see some difference? That yatra is to improve a party’s electoral fortunes. I have only been able to cover four districts. For me the yatra is not the mission but to understand the region,” said PK.

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