Prashant Kishor’s meeting with Sharad Pawar sparks 2024 buzz

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Prashant Kishor had said after recent poll results that he wanted to “leave this space” (File).

Bombay:

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor, with Bengal victory in his bag, meets Maharashtra politician Sharad Pawar in Mumbai. The meeting created a buzz about its “Mission 2024” or the next national elections.

Officially, this is a thanksgiving trip linked to the elections in Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Sources close to Prashant Kishor say he will meet with all the leaders who have supported Mamata Banerjee and MP Stalin, the big winners in the recent state elections.

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But there is strong speculation that the talks have a broader context linked to the 2024 elections and speak of a common opposition candidate to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr Kishor had said after the poll results that he was done and wanted to “leave this space”.

“I don’t want to continue what I’m doing. I’ve done enough. It’s time for me to take a break and do something else with my life. I want to leave this space,” Mr. Kishor said. The Bharat Express News.

As to whether he would join politics after a brief and bitter stint with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, he said: “I am a failed politician. I have to go back and see what I have to do.”

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But many believe he could opt for a more political role.

Her client Mamata Banerjee, who won a third consecutive term in West Bengal after battling a tough challenge from the BJP, was asked if she saw herself as the opposition candidate for prime minister.

“I think that all together, we can lead the battle for 2024. But let’s fight Covid first,” she said shortly after the verdict.

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