Lok Sabha Election

CPI fields Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai

Former JNU student’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar. File   | Photo Credit: Prateek Kumar

The Communist Party of India announced former JNU student’s Union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s candidature from Begusarai in Bihar on Sunday.

After being left out of the opposition alliance by RJD and Congress, the CPI has decided to go alone. For now only Begusarai has been cleared in a meeting of state executive in Patna. Though according to sources, the party may fight couple of other seats too.

While the Congress was keen to accommodate Mr. Kumar, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) patriarch Lalu Prasad Yadav who negotiated the alliance was vehemently against his candidature.

Begusarai is also known as Leningard of Bihar due to influence of the CPI in the State. In 2014 elections when there was a wave in favour of BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CPI got 17 percent of vote share.

Now, Mr. Kumar faces Union Minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh in the seat. The RJD-Congress combine is yet to announce a candidate in Begusarai.

Other than Begusarai, CPI had shortlisted Khagaria, Motihari, Banka, Madhubani and Gaya The party will take final call on how many seats to contest in Bihar by Sunday evening.

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