Is Kanhaiya Kumar the right choice of the Mahagathbandhan? HW News brings you reactions from across the party lines
Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar is ready to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election in 2019 from Bihar.
According to Sources, Kumar who is currently a National Council member of Communist Party of India will be contesting the upcoming parliamentary election from Bihar’s Begusarai constituency on the ticket of CPI. Kumar who was arrested by the Delhi police in February 2016 for his alleged role in chanting anti-national slogans in JNU premises will be a common candidate of the united opposition or Mahagatbandan between Congress, RJD, NCP, Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM(S), Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janta Dal and Left parties.
Speaking to media on the nomination of Kumar, CPI leader Satya Narayan Singh said, “All Left leaders from Bihar to Delhi are in favour of his candidature from Begusarai in the 2019 Lok Sabha election”. “An in-principle understanding has been arrived at between all opposition parties in this regard,” he added.
He further said, “In principle, the RJD chief Lalu Yadav has agreed to field Kanhaiya as the joint opposition candidate from Begusarai. However, an official decision has not been taken so far.” Kanhaiya Kumar is a native of the Barauni block of the Begusarai district.
Though Kanhaiya Kumar has been active in student politics, it will be his debut in the mainstream politics. Considering the crucial seat, is Kanhaiya Kumar the right choice of the Mahagathbandhan? HW News brings you reactions from across the party lines:
Vishwajeet Kumar, General Secretary, AISF:
“On behalf of AISF, we also urged the party to encourage and promote the youth students in the communist movement. We have made the demand in front of the party but the party has not yet decided anything officially. Kanhaiya is the face of the student movement in the country, so he should get the ticket. We have demanded this. In our party, a name is proposed from the ground level i.e. the District Committee Constitutions level, this democratic process is followed in our party. Kanhaiya’s name will also be sent in the same way, after which it will be discussed by the party.”
Seshadri Chari, Political Analyst and TV Panelist:
“Kanhaiya Kumar has a background from JNU. Even when he was a Student Leader, he shot to prominence by criticising Modi Government. He has always been supported by the Leftist even at that time. It is little wonder that the Communist Party of India is offering him a ticket because in a way even as a student he was a Leftist. I would not be surprised if he was even a member of the Communist Party at that time. Therefore, the whole idea of projecting Kanhaiya Kumar as a Students’ Leader was to project him as future Leader, So, we know where he comes from but as far as politics is concerned he is free to join any political party of his choice but the fact is he was planted. He was not a natural leader, he was planted as a student and shot into prominence. This is how the Educational Institutions are being misused by political parties especially the left Party as far as JNU is concerned.”
Madhav Bhandari, BJP Spokesperson:
“CPI has a long history from 1962. They have always pictured elements which are betraying the nation, which is directed towards betraying the nation. That is why CPI is going to fill Kanhaiya Kumar. They are actually living up to their history from 1962. People will decide whether it is a right choice or not, ultimately it’s their choice.”
Anand Sharma, CWC member:
“I can’t comment on this matter, because I belong to the Congress Party. It will be speculative and irresponsible for my party to say anything about this.”