All eyes on Bihar mahagathbandhan as Kanhaiya Kumar emerges as CPI star candidate 

Team Suno Neta Monday 11th of March 2019 12:43 PM
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Kanhaiya Kumar.

New Delhi: Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar offers the only certainty for Bihar’s Begusarai Lok Sabha constituency and local units of the Communist Party of India. The state unit had cleared Kanhaiya’s name for the seat and is waiting for the central unit’s nod.

The CPI, in New Delhi, had announced the names of 15 candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and its talks with the RJD were still on in Bihar and that it would “take a call on Kanhaiya” once that’s done.

CPI Bihar secretary Satya Narain Singh said, “Kanhaiya has been meeting the people of Begusarai for the last four-five months now. He has moved around in all the seven assembly segments of Begusarai at least twice. He can draw a crowd of around 8,000 even at a small meeting. He is one definite candidate for us, irrespective of whether we forge ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal or not.”

After the CPI urged RJD to give a ticket to the former student leader to contest from Begusarai, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad reportedly cited his reservations against the move, saying Kanhaiya’s bhumihar caste will not go down well with his yadav-based party.

While Kanhaiya has already been creating a buzz with his strong “anti-Modi” stand and claims to enjoy the support of Muslims, BJP’s Giriraj Singh, despite carrying an outsider tag, could offer a strong counter to Kanhaiya. Union minister Giriraj Singh is the Lok Sabha MP from Nawada.

If the Left doesn’t go with the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), the RJD might field Tanvir Hasan, making it a three-cornered fight that will make Begusarai a seat to watch out for.

There is still little clarity on whether the CPI will be part of the RJD-led mahagadthbandhan.




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