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Congress sidles as much as Kanhaiya

CPI youth chief Kanhaiya Kumar’s Jana Gana Mana rally in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan on February 27 had two unlikely individuals in attendance Congress MLAs Shakeel Ahmad Khan and Awadhesh Singh shared the dais with him. Khan, a former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) college students union president like Kanhaiya, insisted later that their presence there was solely to help the trigger, the rally was a part of a marketing campaign in opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed-then-denied National Register of Citizens (NRC) however he did admit the opposition wanted each like-minded occasion and particular person on board if it was to greatest the JD(U)-led NDA all­iance within the meeting election this October.

The CPI was not a part of the RJD-led five-party alliance for the Lok Sabha ballot in 2019. In truth, the RJD had put up a candidate, Tanveer Hassan, in Begusarai, from the place Kanhaiya contested unsucc­essfully. The RJD will not be eager, however in the case of Kanhaiya, the Congress seems to have a smooth nook for the ex-student chief. If the 2 do come collectively, as some sections are hoping, it may gain advantage each events in Bihar. While the CPI doesn’t have a celebration organisation or a major cadre base, the Congress lacks a frontline chief, a reputable face in Bihar. Kanhaiya, along with his highly effective oratorical expertise, could possibly be the reply if an arr­angement will be labored out between the 2 events.

But whereas there are sufficient causes for a more in-depth working relationship, there’s already a spanner within the works. A high Congress chief admitted that the AAP authorities’s latest sanction for the prosecution of Kanhaiya and 9 others in a sedition case could power a rethink by the central management.

The most punishment for sedition is life imprisonment, the minimal three years. If convicted, an individual can not contest elections for six years. Kanhaiya has welcomed the prosecution choice, saying he desires a speedy trial in order that the nation will get to understand how a legislation like sedition is being misused. Not many count on a verdict within the case earlier than the Bihar meeting election however its shadow may nonetheless be too overbearing for the grand previous occasion.

A bit of Congress leaders believes it could be higher to ally with the Left than the undependable Jitan Ram Manjhi (Hindustani Awam Morcha) and Mukesh Sahani (Vikassheel Insaan Party). There are, nonetheless, sceptics who really feel Kanhaiya doesn’t convey a lot to the desk other than the help of the Muslims, who’re already with the opposition.

The communication deficit between RJD appearing chief Tejashwi Yadav and Kanhaiya may additionally make it troublesome to convey the 2 collectively. While Tejashwi is unlikely to cede his management standing to anybody, Kanhaiya can also be a giant marketing campaign title, says a senior Congress chief. There can also be some reluctance to simply accept Tejashwi’s management in some sections of the occasion. We are attempting to work out a center path. Tejashwi can be informed that Kanhaiya is barely concerned with nat­ional politics. But to get him on our facet, the RJD scion might want to agree on whom to mission because the face of the grand alliance.

A senior Congress chief concedes that the cube are loaded in opposition to the opposition with the NDA’s marketing campaign spearhead, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the JD(U), seemingly nonetheless having fun with the TINA (there isn’t a various) issue. Nitish has the picture of a performing chief minister, somebody who has delivered on a number of fronts, together with higher roads and electrical energy for all. That mentioned, the ideological faultlines between the JD(U) and BJP are additionally clearly seen. We can exploit the state of affairs, however solely by placing up a united entrance, he says. That is simpler mentioned than accomplished.

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