Kanhaiya Kumar to Contest 2019 Lok Sabha Election From Begusarai Seat as CPI Candidate, Congress, RJD to Support
Kanhaiya Kumar (Photo Credit: IANS)

New Delhi, Sep 2: Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University students union (JNUSU) and an accused of raising anti-national slogans in 2016, will contest 2019 Lok Sabha election from Bihar's Begusarai parliamentary seat. Kanhaiya Kumar will contest as Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate from Begusarai, all Left parties decided.

Though Kanhaiya Kumar will contest on the CPI ticket, he will be the nominee of grand alliance comprising the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM (S), Loktantrik Janata Dal of Sharad Yadav and all Left parties. The RJD and the Congress have agreed not to nominate a candidate from Begusarai seat. Kanhaiya Kumar Need Not Pay Fine, Delhi High Court Sets Aside JNU Probe Team Order Calling it 'Irrational & Illegal'.

"All Left leaders from Bihar to Delhi are in favour of his candidature from Begusarai in the 2019 Lok Sabha election," Satyanarayan Singh, general secretary of Bihar CPI, was quoted as saying. He added that RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav too agreed to field Kanhaiya as the joint opposition candidate from Begusarai. However, no official announcement has been made in this regard.

In 2014 Lok Sabha election, BJP candidate Bhola Singh won from Begusarai seat, defeating RJD's Tanveer Hasan by 58,000 votes. Kanhaiya Kumar is a native of Bihat panchayat under the Barauni block of Begusarai district. His mother Meena Devi is an Anganwadi Sewika in Begusarai.