Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mewani join Congress after meeting Rahul Gandhi

Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mewani join Congress after meeting
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Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mewani join Congress after meeting Rahul Gandhi.

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani on Tuesday joined the Congress in the presence of Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.

“We look forward to working with these young leaders, Kumar & Mevani, to defeat the fascist forces ruling this country,” said Congress General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal.

“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,” Venugopal said.

Former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar had joined the Communist Party of India (CPI) ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election and had unsuccessfully contested from Begusarai in Bihar against Giriraj Singh of the BJP.

Mevani, who is currently a legislator in Gujarat and represents the Vadgam constituency, is the convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM).

He is a lawyer-activist and a former journalist. Mevani’s entry into the Congress comes at a time when it is wooing the scheduled castes community after handpicking the first Dalit chief minister of Punjab.

Charanjit Singh Channi succeeded Amarinder Singh as chief minister of Punjab, seen as a bold step by the party for wooing back the scheduled castes, traditionally considered the vote bank of the Congress.

However, the party suffered a fresh setback in the Punjab on Tuesday when state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned.

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