Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat’s independent MLA Jignesh Mevani are likely to join the Congress by the end of this month. Confident sources in the Congress said on Saturday that Kanhaiya and Jignesh may join the Congress on September 28, the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, if the ongoing turmoil in the Punjab Pradesh Congress ends completely in the next few days.
According to sources, Hardik Patel, working president of Gujarat Pradesh Congress, is mediating the talks between these two youth leaders and the Congress leadership. A Congress source said, “If the political situation in Punjab Congress is completely normalised, then Kanhaiya and Jignesh may join the Congress on September 28.”
Kanhaiya, who originally hails from Bihar, came into limelight after his arrest in JNU for allegedly raising anti-national slogans. He had contested the last Lok Sabha election from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat in Bihar as a CPI candidate against Union Minister Giriraj Singh, however he lost. On the other hand, Jignesh, who belongs to the Dalit community, is an independent MLA from Vadgam assembly constituency in Gujarat.
Rahul is looking for new young faces
Earlier this year, the Congress suffered a major setback. Jitin Prasad and Sushmita Dev had resigned from the primary membership of the party. While Jitin Prasada joined the BJP, Dev became a part of the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Rahul Gandhi is in talks with other youth leaders including Gujarat Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jignesh Mevani to revive the party and bring young faces to the fore when many veteran leaders are leaving the party.
Kanhaiya Kumar’s magic did not work in ‘Leningrad of the East’
Kanhaiya Kumar was fielded by his party in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the Begusarai seat, popularly known as the ‘Leningrad of the East’, from where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had fielded its firebrand leader Giriraj Singh in the arena. In this election, Kanhaiya Kumar asked for lot by claiming himself as the son of Begusarai. However, he was disappointed. Giriraj Singh defeated him by more than 4 lakh 20 thousand votes.