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JNU's Kanhaiya Kumar As Joint Opposition Candidate Has Lalu Yadav's Vote
Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University's former student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar is set to take the long-awaited political plunge from Begusarai, the Left citadel of Bihar. Kanhaiya Kumar, the 31-year-old is expected to be a candidate of the joint opposition in next year's general elections.
JNU's Kanhaiya Kumar As Joint Opposition Candidate Has Lalu Yadav's Vote(file image)
New Delhi: Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University's former student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar is set to take the long-awaited political plunge from Begusarai, the Left citadel of Bihar. Kanhaiya Kumar, the 31-year-old is expected to be a candidate of the joint opposition in next year's general elections. The Rashtriya Janata Dal, which is likely to decide on the opposition deployment in the state, is not averse to the idea.
Kanhaiya Kumar, who created a buzz after anti-India slogans linked to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging, is likely to be fielded by the CPI. Though the formal process is yet to be launched, the CPI has made a pitch to veteran leader Lalu Yadav, who has indicated his acceptance.
Apart from RJD, Kanhaiya Kumar, the former JNU student leader, who is already a part of CPI's 125-member national council, is likely to have the grand alliance partners Congress, NCP and Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM(S)'s support.
Hailing from Begusarai, Mr Kumar, told NDTV that he is willing to take the plunge, "but my party and then leaders of alliance has to approve my name". Asked why he has become so active in his hometown, Mr Kumar said, "Look, I'm active across the country, but Bihar and Begusarai is my birth place. So it gets some more attention."
The 31 years old's mother is an anganwadi worker and his father is a farmer living in Baruni block of Begusarai.
"Left parties, including the CPI, want him to contest the Lok Sabha election from Begusarai in 2019 and other parties such as Congress and RJD also want him to contest the election," CPI state secretary Satya Narayan Singh was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India. "During our talks held on earlier occasions, Prasad had agreed to leave a seat for him," he added.
He added that the Communist Party of India has decided to contest six Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. However, a final decision would be taken after seat-sharing talks with like-minded parties.
Kanhaiya Kumar and fellow students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested in February 2016, on charges of sedition in connection with the controversial event and are out on bail. After an internal investigation, he was fined Rs. 10,000 by the university.
After the students appealed, saying the Delhi police is yet to bring any charge against them despite two years of investigation, the case was set aside by the Delhi High Court.