New Delhi: Former Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar joined the Congress on Tuesday evening in the presence of Rahul Gandhi at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi. Kumar is a former president of JNU.
Meanwhile, amid reports that Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani will also join the grand old party, only Kumar was inducted in the party on Tuesday. Mevani, a Dalit leader, extended his support to Congress.
Before Kumar joined the Congress, he along with Mevani visited the Shaheedi Park at ITO to garland the statue of Bhagat Singh, a day after the 114th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter. Rahul Gandhi and youth Congress workers were also present in “large numbers” at the venue. Congress general secretary (organization) KC Venugopal and Gujarat Congress working president Hardik Patel were also in attendance when Kumar and Mevani join the Congress.
There is speculation that Congress could give Kumar a role in Bihar state Congress.
Congress sources said some more young leaders would join the party in the coming days. They said that Kumar and Mevani could be part of a campaign to connect with the youth against the BJP-led government.
The joining is taking place after some prominent Congress leaders left the party in recent months. While former Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev has joined the Trinamool Congres, former union minister Jitin Prasada is now in BJP. Veteran Goa Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro resigned from the party on Monday.
The resignation of youth leaders had caused some disquiet in the party and sections of the party feel that the induction of Kumar and Mevani will help send a positive message to the party rank and file.
Kumar was a member of CPI national executive, a top decision-making body of the party. Mevani is an independent MLA from Vadgam constituency in Gujarat and convener of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM). In the 2017 Gujarat Assembly election, the Congress party did not field its candidate against Mevani in the Vadgam constituency.
(With ANI inputs)