New Delhi: CPI leader and former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar has met Rahul Gandhi, ostensibly to prepare the ground for his entry into the Congress, which has suffered desertion by many young leaders in the past two years.
Kumar, sources close to him said, was feeling suffocated in the CPI. He met Gandhi and the two are learned to have discussed his entry into the Congress.
When asked about Kumar’s possible exit, CPI general secretary D Raja said he has only heard speculation in this regard.
“I can only say that he was present at the national executive meeting of our party earlier this month. He spoke and participated in the deliberations,” Raja said.
While Kumar did not respond to calls, sources in Congress said he is keen to play a key role in Bihar politics. The Congress had been in political wilderness in Bihar for the past three decades.
Even in last year’s Assembly elections, it performed badly when compared to allies RJD and CPI(ML). The Congress could win only 19 of the 70 seats it contested. While the RJD won more than half of the 144 seats it contested, the CPI(ML) won 12 of the 19 seats where it fielded candidates.
Sources in the Congress said the party believes that the entry of Kumar will give it a boost, at least optics wise, since one of the narratives regarding the party in the past two years has been of young leaders. (Indian Express)