Former JNU students’ union president and CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar is said to be in touch with Congress and is likely to join the party soon, said sources from the party.
“Kanhaiya Kumar will serve as an important young face of the party in Bihar and will also have a national role to play,” said sources.
Sources close to Kumar revealed that on several occasions, he met Gandhi. Discussions on the role of Kanhaiya in the party are in the final stages.
The party is said to be strategizing a national movement against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). For this, influential youth have been identified and Rahul Gandhi is constituting a team of these young leaders to counter the heavy vote base garnered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.
Earlier this year, Jitin Prasad and Sushmita Dev resigned from the primary membership of the party. While Prasad joined the BJP, Dev became a part of the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
In order to revive the party and bring young faces to the forefront, sources said that Rahul Gandhi is holding talks with young leaders including Gujarat Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jignesh Mevani.
Sources also told ANI that Congress’ ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar is viewing the recent developments, regarding Kanhaiya Kumar joining the party, negatively.
Meanwhile, some party leaders are also of the opinion that Kumar’s recruitment to the party might not be beneficial due to his association in the alleged case of raising ‘anti-national’ slogans at JNU in 2016.
Presently, Kumar is a member of the National Executive of the Communist Party of India (CPI).
After Chirag Paswan was sidelined by BJP which preferred to induct his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras into the Union Cabinet, speculation is rife that RJD has reached out to him. While RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav openly urged Paswan to ally with his party, the LJP president is yet to take a decision regarding the same. Meanwhile, BJP and JD(U) continue to spar on a number of issues such as the caste census.