Communist leader and former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar will join the Congress on October 2. According to sources, independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani will also join the party that day. Earlier there was news that Kanhaiya would join the party on September 28 on the occasion of birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, but now it has been carried forward. He has met Rahul Gandhi twice in the past. Prashant Kishor was present during both the meeting.
Bihar Congress state spokesperson Asit Nath Tiwari is not speaking openly, but he is definitely saying that on October 2, all Gandhians are welcome in the Congress. If Kanhaiya Kumar joins then he is most welcome. Let us tell you that the media first broke the news of Kanhaiya going to Congress.
There was talk of Kanhaiya joining the Congress when he vacated his office at the CPI headquarters. Within the CPI, questions about Kanhaiya had started arising only after the Lok Sabha elections. Even in the CPI meeting held in Hyderabad for indiscipline, a censure motion was passed against him.
Congress getting weak in Bihar
Congress has not got much success in the last 5 assembly elections. Congress got 10 seats in the February 2005 assembly elections, which came down to 9 in October 2005. In the 2010 assembly elections, the Congress had to be satisfied with just 4 seats.
In the 2015 assembly elections, when the Congress became a part of the grand alliance with RJD and JDU, the party won 27 seats. Even after being in the Grand Alliance in the 2020 assembly elections, the Congress could win only 19 seats. At the same time, in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Congress got one seat in Bihar. Seeing its old result, Congress now wants to bring Kanhaiya as a new leader in Bihar.
Kanhaiya came into the limelight after anti-national slogans raised in JNU
Born in Bihar in 1987, Kanhaiya Kumar became the president of JNU Students’ Union in 2015. After the anti-national slogans raised in JNU, Kanhaiya’s name came on everyone’s tongue. In 2019, when he entered the Lok Sabha elections from Begusarai as a CPI candidate, he faced BJP’s fire brand leader Giriraj Singh.
Giriraj defeated him by a huge margin of 4 lakh 22 thousand votes. Since then, he has reduced his preference in the party. Earlier, Kanhaiya had also met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. This year also I have met CM Nitish Kumar. Then there was speculation that Kanhaiya would join JDU, but Kanhaiya’s entry in JDU is difficult while staying with BJP.