Former JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar to campaign for Bihar elections from August

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar will be campaigning for Communist Party of India (CPI) from August. The preparation for which has already begun.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Left Parties are keen to join the grand alliance. They will be using the 33-year-old leader’s star power to bargain for a bigger share of seats to contest the Bihar assembly election.

Satyanarain Singh, State secretary of CPI, confirmed to HT that Kanhaiya Kumar, who is out on bail after being arrested on sedition charges in February 2016, will campaign for the party in the upcoming assembly polls.

Singh said the Grand Alliance must recognize the youth leader’s popularity among the youth. In early February, Kumar had undertaken a statewide tour of Bihar called the ‘Jan-Man-Gan’ yatra to oppose the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

“Kanhaiya Kumar is a big draw among the youth and has the ability to garner votes. We feel the Grand Alliance would benefit from his popularity during campaigning. He will come to Bihar in August,” he said.

Former JNUSU President had contested the Lok Sabha polls of 2019 from the Begusarai seat and had finished second by polling 2.69 lakh votes against BJP’s Giriraj Singh, who won the seat eventually.

Signs of the CPI joining the Grand Alliance initially came after the recent meeting of Congress’s Bihar in-charge Shaktisinh Gohil and Singh in Patna. Sources said the CPI was set to put forth a demand for 40 assembly seats from the Grand Alliance.

In the 2015 Assembly elections, the party had contested on 81 seats and garnered only 1.4% votes. The CPI has no MLAs in the state but has two MLCs.

“We are keen on joining the Grand Alliance to defeat the NDA. But we want a respectable number of seats,” Singh said.

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