Kanhaiya Kumar set to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Bihar’s Begusarai

Former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union Kanhaiya Kumar is all set to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Bihar’s Begusarai constituency. An informal understanding has been reached within the Left parties on his candidature.

Kanhaiya will contest the election on a ticket from the Communist Party of India (CPI). He is a native of Beehat panchayat in Begusarai district.

Kanhaiya was arrested in February 2016 by the Delhi Police after being accused of being involved in a controversial event in JNU wherein anti-India slogans were allegedly raised, a charge vehemently denied by Kanhaiya.

Speaking to India Today TV, general secretary of Bihar CPI, Satyanarayan Singh said, “All Left leaders from Bihar to Delhi are in favour of his candidature from Begusarai in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.”

Singh said talks are also on with opposition parties like the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal and others, to field Kanhaiya as a joint opposition candidate from the seat.

He said an in-principle understanding has been arrived at between all opposition parties in this regard.

When asked if RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav too has agreed on his name, Satyanarayan Singh said, “In principle, the RJD chief has agreed to field Kanhaiya as the joint opposition candidate from Begusarai. However, an official decision has not been taken so far.”

At present, the BJP represents Begusari in the Lok Sabha. In 2014, BJP’s Bhola Singh won the seat by defeating RJD’s Tanveer Hasan by 58,000 votes.

Source: India Today