CPI Fields Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai

CPI candidate from Begusarai Kanhaiya Kumar (file photo).

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Patna: After being given a heave-ho by the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, Communist Party of India (CPI) on Sunday announced its decision to field its rising star and former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union Kanhaiya Kumar from the Begusarai seat where he would go against firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh and a candidate from the RJD-led Grand Alliance.

Patna: After being given a heave-ho by the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar, Communist Party of India (CPI) on Sunday announced its decision to field its rising star and former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union Kanhaiya Kumar from the Begusarai seat where he would go against firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh and a candidate from the RJD-led Grand Alliance.

As reported, the CPI, like many other marginalized parties in Bihar jockeying for a place in the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Grand Alliance, irked by the obvious snub, chose to go alone at one seat in Bihar and another in Telangana with Kanhaiya Kumar representing the party in Begusarai and K Venkateshwar Rao contesting from Mehboobabad seat.

Talking to reporters, party general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said he was disappointed by the way his party was treated by the Grand Alliance in Bihar that left them with no other choice but to go solo in Bihar where someone like Kanhaiya Kumar has a lot of influence.

As it stands, Bihar, where caste politics is front, back, and center of any election, the clash between the two Bhumihars – Kanhaiya Kumar and Giriraj Singh – could be the focus of the media attention besides the much-hyped main event at Patna Saheb seat where two Kayasthas - Ravi Shankar Prasad and Shatrughan Sinha would be duking it out for political supremacy.

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