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Kanhaiya Kumar to campaign for Left in upcoming assembly polls, claims CPI(M)

"He (Kanhaiya Kumar) is a Left activist. As a Left activist, he will naturally campaign (for the parties)," said Yechury.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
Updated: March 18, 2016 11:45:35 am
JNU, Kanhaiya Kumar, Sitaram Yechury, yechury kanhaiya Kumar, Yechury Kanhaiya CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury. Express Photo By Amit Mehra

Claiming that JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar is an activist, leaders of Communist parties today said he will campaign for the Left Front in the five assembly poll-bound states.

“He (Kanhaiya Kumar) is a Left activist. As a Left activist, he will naturally campaign (for the parties). It is often said that youth is not attracted to the Left. What they have to say about yesterday’s meeting in JNU?” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.


Kumar is a leader of All India Students’ Federation (AISF), the students’ wing of CPI. CPI national secretary D Raja said there is a demand for Kanhaiya to campaign in different parts of the country. “As a student activist, political activist he is likely to campaign for us. There are demands for him to campaign in many places. We will have to see how it works out,” Raja said.

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West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will go to polls in April and May. Kumar was arrested on the charge of sedition three weeks ago for allegedly raising anti-India slogans. The government’s move had triggered a massive outcry in the country. The JNUSU President was released yesterday from Tihar jail, after he granted interim bail for six months by the High Court on Wednesday on condition that he will cooperate in the ongoing investigation and has to present himself before the police as and when required.

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