Although he did not directly support Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar on Saturday echoed the JD(U) president’s stand that all non-BJP parties should come together against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Sangh brand of politics during his maiden visit to his home state since his arrest, and subsequent bail, in Delhi on charges of sedition.
Kanhaiya met both Nitish and RJD chief Lalu Prasad in Patna. After meeting the RJD chief, Kanhaiya said: “We discussed the current situation in the country. Lalu Prasad has contributed immensely towards realising social justice.”
The RJD chief said: “Kanhaiya belongs to Brahamarshi samaj (upper caste Bhumihars) but talks of Dalits.” In his deliberations with the Chief Minister, which lasted for nearly an hour, Kanhaiya reportedly discussed alternative politics.
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Interacting with the media later, Kanhaiya slammed the BJP, something he has been doing regularly at public events over the last couple of months. He said that the saffron party, instead of “taking care of the Tricolour”, is trying to “hand out saffron flags”. Emphasising that an “alternative” brand of politics has begun in the country, Kanhaiya said: “We are against an ideology in which only one individual is being talked about. All opposition parties need to unite to help one another.”
The JNUSU president began his three-day Bihar trip by first visiting Patna’s Gandhi Maidan and Kargil Chowk. During his trip, Kanhaiya is scheduled to attend a function titled “Aazadi” by AISF, and a meeting of JNU ex-students.