Poll strategist Prashant Kishor is often seen in the opposite quarters of Bharatiya Janata Party when it comes to elections but it doesn’t stop him from heaping praise on prime minister Narendra Modi.
In a recent interview to India Today, Kishore was effusive in his praise on Modi.
“Anyone who becomes the Prime Minister of a country like India needs to have many strengths… If I have to pick one or two (strengths), it will be the unique mix that he brings to the table.
“If you look at the last 50 years of his (political) journey, then, (you will find that) he spent about 15 years as an RSS pracharak. He probably had the best opportunity to understand, interact, engage with the masses in a social setting. Then, he spent another 15 years as a political organiser when he was in the BJP. He handled the organisational issues of managing, preparing, putting together the political setup in a manner it should be done,” he said.
“And then 15 years as a Chief Minister and now the Prime Minister. Now, these 45 years of experience is literally is unique in India… I can’t think of any other politician who has this kind of experience mix in terms of understanding of the society at the grassroots level, running the political organisation and running the government.”
Kishor said Modi thus is ably to second guess the desire and ambitions of voters. “He is able to second guess because of his unique political experience of 40-45 years.”
Kishor also finds the ability to listen to other points of views as Modi’s strength.
“That probably gives him the advantage to benefit from all points of view. He can still make a mistake and he has made many mistakes. But, I will rate it as one of his advantages.”