Political strategist Shubhrastha, who helped BJP win the recent polls in Assam, talks to Amrita Madhukalya about falling out with mentor Prashant Kishor and lessons learnt
to represent our own interests,” she says.
“He made me realise the perils of a parallel set up against an existing party structure. I was convinced by the end of working in his team that we must build capacities within the party we work for – and that can be done if you stick to just one - by strengthening the party network of karyakartas and trying to keep the core team as lean as possible. Party workers have their ears to the ground and their political capital is their experience,” she adds.
“There are no margins of errors in a political bout. Small or big, hammer your opposite camp with sharp critiques of their mistake via different modes of communication, different campaigns, if need be, and try making their mistakes their nemesis.”
Shubhrastha is currently on a monthlong Legislative Fellowship Program organised by the US State Department. “Since this is the big election year in the US, I am also trying to soak in as much as I can,” she signs off.