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New Delhi-  In a bold claim that could send shockwaves through West Bengal’s political landscape, election strategist Prashant Kishor has predicted a remarkable turnaround for the BJP in the state during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to Kishor, the saffron party is likely to dislodge Mamata Banerjee’s ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) to emerge as the number one political force in Bengal.

This audacious forecast from the man who crafted several successful election campaigns, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victories in 2014 and 2019, has stirred a political storm in a region long considered a stronghold of regional forces like the TMC and the Left.

During an interaction with PTI editors, Kishor confidently stated, “You would be surprised as, in all likelihood, to my mind, the BJP is going to be the number one party in West Bengal.”

While the BJP made significant inroads in the 2021 assembly elections, winning 77 seats, it ultimately fell short of dethroning Mamata’s formidable TMC. However, Kishor’s prediction suggests that the saffron surge in Bengal may be far from over, and the upcoming Lok Sabha polls could witness a seismic power shift.

Kishor’s track record as a political strategist lends weight to his claims, having played a pivotal role in shaping electoral outcomes across various states. His assessment comes when the BJP has left no stone unturned in its efforts to expand its footprint in West Bengal, a state once considered impregnable for the party.

The strategist’s confidence in the BJP’s prospects in Bengal is not an isolated view. Prime Minister Modi himself, during a virtual interaction with BJP workers in the state last week, expressed optimism about winning more seats in the upcoming elections.

Kishor’s prediction, if proven accurate, would not only deal a severe blow to Mamata Banerjee’s political clout but could also have far-reaching implications for the BJP’s overall performance in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The political strategist further predicted that the BJP will become the number one party in Odisha and will be either the first or second party in Telangana, indicating the saffron party’s ambitions to expand its influence in eastern and southern India.

“The BJP will add significantly to its seats and vote share in south and east India in these elections and win over 300 Lok Sabha seats,” Kishor claimed, setting the stage for a potential electoral showdown.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP secured an impressive 303 seats, and Prime Minister Modi has set an ambitious target of 370 seats for the party in the upcoming polls. Kishor’s predictions, if accurate, could provide the much-needed impetus for the BJP to achieve this coveted goal.

While Kishor’s claims have undoubtedly raised eyebrows and sparked intense political debates, they also serve as a wake-up call for the opposition forces, particularly the TMC in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee, who has been a vocal critic of the BJP and its policies, may need to reassess her strategies and brace for an unprecedented challenge on her home turf.

Political pundits and analysts will closely scrutinize Kishor’s predictions, dissecting the factors that could contribute to such a dramatic shift in Bengal’s political landscape. Issues like the BJP’s relentless campaigning, the impact of central schemes, and the TMC’s internal dynamics will come under intense scrutiny in the coming months.

As the nation gears up for another high-stakes electoral battle, Prashant Kishor’s daring forecast has injected a new level of uncertainty and intrigue into the political discourse. Whether his predictions materialize or not, one thing is certain: the road to 2024 will be a tumultuous one, with Bengal emerging as a critical battleground that could potentially redefine the country’s political narrative.