Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mevani join Congress in presence of Rahul Gandhi

#Congress, #Current Affairs, #India, #Jignesh Mevani, #Kanhaiya Kumar, #Politics, September 28, 2021, #WATCH, report in NDTV.

Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mevani at an anti-BJP rally in Patna in 2018 (File image: PTI)

Former Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar and independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani joined the Congress party in the presence of Rahul Gandhi at the party headquarters in Delhi on September 28.

Kumar, 34, is a former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student’s union. Mevani, 38, is an independent MLA from Vadgam constituency in Gujarat.

Kumar resigned from the CPI hours before joining the Congress.

CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani joins Congress in the presence of Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi pic.twitter.com/7t0tf8lqmp

— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2021

The joining comes within hours of Navjot Singh Sidhu quitting from the post of party’s state President in Punjab. 

Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal, party’s Bihar incharge Bhakta Charan Das and national spokesperson Randeep S Surjewala were present at the event. 

READ: Kanhaiya Kumar joining Congress today? CPI says this: Report

Before the formal joining, the two activist-turned politicians garlanded the statue of Bhagat Singh at the ITO park marking the 114th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter. Rahul Gandhi also attended the garlanding event organised by the Indian Youth Congress.

#WATCH | CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani meet Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Park, ITO, Delhi pic.twitter.com/gMhDJpbGH9

— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2021

Also read | Can Jignesh Mevani, Kanhaiya Kumar bring some change in Congress?

Posters welcoming  Kumar to the party were put up outside the Congress office in Delhi this morning, hours ahead of the widely reported switch, according to a report in NDTV. 

The entry of the two fiery speakers, from Gujarat and Bihar, is expected to be good optics for the Congress, given that many young leaders such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada and Sushmita Dev have quit the party in the past couple of years.

The Congress is likely to give Kumar a role in Bihar state Congress and Mevani, in Gujarat, which will go to polls by the end of 2022.

Also, read: I told you so: Captain Amarinder Singh tweets after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns

Mevani, a Dalit leader, rose to national prominence during the 2016 protests following the flogging incident in which seven Dalit youths were tortured in Una, Gujarat, by members of a cow protection group.

Kumar shot to prominence as a firebrand JNU student union president with his speeches against the Narendra Modi-led BJP government in 2016. He was jailed over “anti-national slogans” raised at an event in 2016 to mark the death anniversary of Parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru.

Mevani won the Vadgam (reserved) assembly constituency in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat in 2017 with the backing of Congress while Kumar contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Begusarai on a CPI ticket but lost to the BJP’s Giriraj Singh.

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