Will Kanhaiya Kumar’s entry into Congress herald a new start for the party in Bihar?
Former JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar will he be able to transform the image of the Congress party in Bihar? Will he be able to carve out a place for himself in highly polarized caste-based politics? Or, will he struggle to have the opportunity to grow up in the face of opposition from within the party?
This type of debate dominated discussion at the Bihar Pradesh Congressional Committee (BPCC) office on Sunday, a day after independent Gujarat lawmaker and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani announced the news of his congressional membership with Kanhaiya Kumar on the 28th. October in New Delhi.
Although former JNUSU leader Kanhaiya, who unsuccessfully contested Begusarai Lok Sabha’s election as the CPI candidate and lost her to BJP pillar and Union Minister Giriraj Singh, refused to make a categorical statement, many congressional leaders said his membership would give the party another chance to regain its lost glory.
Former BPCC chief Anil Sharma, who was also a former head of the Patna University Students’ Union, said the party would benefit from Kanhaiya’s membership. “Kanhaiya Kumar has taken a leadership role and pushed the government on issues of mass concern in a powerful way. His presence would make it possible to unite anti-government clamors and add strength to the fight against the fear of seeing India fall into dictatorship mode, ”added Sharma.
Former AN Sinha Institute of Social Sciences director DM Diwakar, however, was skeptical whether Kanhaiya or Congress would be beneficial to each other anyway. “The credibility of the former head of JNUSU would disappear once he left the ICC, which gave him enough freedom and a tremendous opportunity to grow up. In Congress there was little he could do because the party’s “paper tigers” would not allow him to grow up and Rahul Gandhi or the party’s high command would have little time to listen to him. Congress still has many potential leaders, but they are being left behind in the new kind of configuration where the party leader makes the decision, ”argued Diwakar.
However, the former head of the economics department at Patna University, Nawal Kishore Chaudhary, said Congress would be a big winner from Kanhaiya’s membership. “He is one of the most articulate leaders with a clear vision. He would fit easily into the political ideology of Congress which is to the left of the center. Kanhaiya would have a bigger role to play in state as well as national politics as Congress has a pan-Indian presence, ”Chaudhary said, adding that Congress can bank on Kanhaiya as its youth faces the rise. from Tejashwi. Prasad Yadav and Chirag Paswan in state politics.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), who has not been in favor of Kanhaiya Kumar’s rise in state politics, however, did not foresee any substantial gains in electoral politics for Congress. “He (Kanhaiya) is not a factor in caste-based politics. RJD allies mainly depend on the charisma of Lalu Prasad and Tejashwi Prasad Yadav to win the elections, ”said MP Maner and RJD spokesperson Bhai Birendra.