No Need to Panic – Prashant Kishore to BJP

JD-U leader Sanjay Singh presenting a flower bouquet to party national VP Prashant Kishore in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Janata Dal – U national vice president and party oracle Prashant Kishore, fresh from the embarrassment of the loss of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in five state elections, at a press conference in Patna on Friday declared that the BJP's poor showing was in no way indicative of the countdown of the demise of the Modi government at the center.

"People say all kinds of things particularly following a party's defeat in any election but it's the people of India who would deliver the final verdict whether Modi charisma is still intact or it has been tarnished," Kishore said while admitting that the Modi craze had certainly tapered off since 2014.

When asked if would offer his advice to the BJP, Kishore said that the was capable of doing its own analysis for the cause of its loss in three states and he was too small of a politician to offer any advice to it.

He also refused to treat the BJP's humiliating defeat in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, as a warning sign for the coming days.

"Modi is the most popular leader in the country and the NDA will continue to field its candidates under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister to make history for the second time," Kishore, who is partially credited for chartering the Modi campaign into victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, said.

Downplaying the importance of the 'Hindutva card' in the coming elections, the JD-U leader said that the BJP was quite capable of winning elections without Ram Mandir being its core electoral agenda just as it did in 2014.

"Ram Mandir was never an issue in 2014 and yet, the BJP won by a landslide. It will do it again in 2019," he said.

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