Former Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar joins Congress on Tuesday in the presence of party leader Rahul Gandhi at the party’s headquarters in the national capital.
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani also came out in support of the congress ideology but did not join the party formally.
Congress General secretary KV Venugopal and Gujarat congress working president Hardik Patel are also likely to be present when Kumar and Mevani join the congress.
While addressing the media at Congress headquarters, Venogupal said, “Kanhaiya Kumar is a symbol of the fight for freedom of expression in this country. He fought against fundamentalism as a student leader. The joining of kind of dynamic personality will fill the entire cadre of Congress with enthusiasm.”
Meanwhile, Gujarat MLA Jinesh Mevani, who was also supposed to join the congress but couldn’t “due to technical reasons”, extended his support to the party.
Why Kanhaiya Kumar joins congress?
Kumar said at a press meet after joining the Congrees party, “I am joining the congress because it’s not just a party, it’s an idea. It’s the country’s oldest and most democratic party, and I am emphasizing ‘democratic’…Not just me, but many think the country can’t survive without Congress.”
He further stated that “Congress party is like a big ship. If it’s saved, I believe many people’s aspirations, Mahatma Gandhi’s oneness, Bhagat Singh’s courage, and BR Ambedkar’s idea of equality will be protected, too. This is why I have joined it.”
Kumar had joined the CPI before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He contested on a CPI ticket from Begusarai against BJP Girirag Singh but failed to win.