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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

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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.

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