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Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mevani Join Congress, Meet Rahul Gandhi In Delhi


Posters welcoming the younger leaders had been seen exterior the Congress workplace earlier at this time.

New Delhi:

Former pupil chief Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat Dalit chief Jignesh Mevani at this time joined the Congress. They had been inducted on the All India Congress Committee headquarters in New Delhi within the presence of social gathering chief Rahul Gandhi.

“I am joining the Congress because it’s not just a party, it’s an idea. It’s the country’s oldest and most democratic party, and I am emphasising on ‘democratic’…Not just me, but many think the country can’t survive without Congress,” Mr Kumar mentioned at a press meet after becoming a member of Congress.

“Congress party is like a big ship. If it’s saved, I believe many people’s aspirations, Mahatma Gandhi’s oneness, Bhagat Singh’s courage, and BR Ambedkar’s idea of equality will be protected, too. This is why I have joined it.”

Mr Kumar was earlier with the Communist Party of India (CPI) which he joined forward of the 2019 normal election. He then contested from his hometown Begusarai in Bihar towards the BJP’s Giriraj Singh of the BJP however did not win.

Posters welcoming him to the social gathering had been put up exterior the Congress workplace hours forward of his swap. He reportedly met Mr Gandhi twice just lately over two weeks. He additionally met Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

A former president of the JNU Students’ Union, Mr Kumar was jailed over alleged “anti-national slogans” raised at an occasion in 2016 to mark the loss of life anniversary of Parliament assault mastermind Afzal Guru.

The BJP, nevertheless, brushed apart the importance of Kanhaiya’s transfer.

Saying that Begusarai had rejected him, Bihar Minister Mangal Pandey advised ANI that Mr Kumar was solely demonstrating his “political ambition”.

“Begusarai rejected Kanhiya Kumar’s ideology earlier. Now he’s changing his ideology and party for political ambition but public doesn’t vote for anyone’s political ambition. He’s going to a party that has been rejected by Bihar and is a sinking boat now,” Mr Pandey advised ANI.

Mr Mevani, however, is a legislator representing Gujarat’s Vadgam constituency. He is vital to the Congress’s ballot arithmetic forward of subsequent 12 months’s Assembly election in that state.

A lawyer and former journalist, the Dalit chief is getting into the Congress at a time when the social gathering is reaching out to the neighborhood — it just lately changed Amarinder Singh as Punjab Chief Minister with Charanjit Singh Channi, a member of a Scheduled Caste.

Welcoming Mr Kumar and Mr Mevani, Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal at this time mentioned his social gathering was wanting ahead to working with them to defeat “fascist forces” ruling this nation.

“Kanhaiya Kumar is a symbol of the fight for freedom of expression in this country. He fought against fundamentalism as a student leader. The joining of kind of dynamic personality will fill the entire cadre of Congress with enthusiasm,” Mr Venugopal mentioned.

Mr Kumar and Mr Mevani have joined the Congress at a time when some outstanding leaders have left the social gathering in latest months.

While former Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev joined the Trinamool Congress, former Union Minister Jitin Prasada is now with the BJP. Veteran Goa Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro resigned from the social gathering yesterday.

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