Patna: The newest star on the horizon of communists and leftists in India who earned instant street credo and a celebrity status after being arrested by the Delhi police for making anti-national incendiary statements, Kanhaiya Kumar was given warm welcome by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar usually reserved for A-list politicians and foreign dignitaries.
Kanhaiya Kumar, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students' union President, was received by top bureaucrats at the Patna airport from where, under z-level security of convoy, brought to the 7 Circular Road, the official residence of the Chief Minister where Nitish Kumar met with him personally and thanked him for his fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led communal government.
A native of Begusarai in Bihar, Kanhaiya Kumar, a Communist leader, was arrested and briefly imprisoned in Delhi's Tihar Jail on charges of sedition that made him an instant hero in the eyes of other leftists, communists, and any other group opposed to Modi's leadership.
The two exchanged their shared opposition to the Sangh Parivar saying the only agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was to spread communal hatred so as to remain in power by following the divide and rule formula of the British.
"Intolerance has increased under Modi's leadership and voice of the opposition is being muzzled at the slightest provocation," the JNU leader said to which the Chief Minister nodded in agreement.
He, however, did not see any united front at the national level against the Sangh Parivar as called by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar a few days ago.
"A Sangh-free India is possible only through development and not through rhetoric alone. India is going through a tough time right now in terms of one's democratic rights but this too will past soon like it has in the past several times," the JNU leader said.
On prohibition, Kumar said he wished it had been left for individuals instead of being mandated by the government but considering the high number of domestic violence in Bihar villages, perhaps this was the best option available for the Chief Minister.
He also met with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav and sought his blessings in his fight against the communal forces.
Later Kanhaiya Kumar went around the state capital and paid floral tributes to leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jaya Prakash Narayan to show his respect.
Meanwhile, a number of BJP leaders criticized the Chief Minister's decision to roll red carpet to welcome Kanhaiya Kumar.
"Kanhaiya Kumar is a nobody; he does not hold any position. Just because Nitish Kumar agrees with him on his leftist ideologies does not warrant such unprecedented welcome to a private citizen," BJP state President Mangal Pandey said.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS