Election strategist Prashant Kishor on Monday said that it is essential that a stronger opposition be formed as he believes it is highly unlikely to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2024 with the current set of players and formations.

“Is it possible to defeat the BJP in 2024? The answer is an emphatic yes. But is it possible with the present set of players and formations? Probably no,” Kishor said in an interview to NDTV.

Speaking about the forthcoming assembly elections being viewed as a semifinal run to the finals in 2024, he warned that even if the BJP wins everything in this round it may lose the run in 2024.

“In 2012, UP was won by SP (Samajwadi Party), Uttarakhand by Congress, Manipur by Congress, Punjab by Akalis, but the result in 2014 was very different,” he said.

Speaking about the situation of the Uttar Pradesh elections, Kishor said that it is essential to expand one’s social base to take on the BJP. “The social base of the combined opposition has to be bigger than what it is today… whether it is non-Yadav OBCs or more consolidation of Dalits or forward classes.”

He said it is essential that one coherent formation is made to defeat the BJP by working on the party’s weaknesses in the south and east and strengthening one’s hold in the north and west.