- Posters to receive Kanaya Kumar
- Welcome sign at the Congress venue
- The match entry can occur today
Hours earlier, posters with photographs of Kanaya Kumar and Rahul Gandhi appeared outside the Congress headquarters. It is reported that Jignesh Mewani, an independent MLA from Gujarat, will join Congress alongside Kanaya Kumar. But that may not be the case today. Only Kanaya Kumar will join the Congress at the AICC headquarters tonight.
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Kanaya Kumar is a former union leader and CPI (M) National Executive Member of Jawaharlal Nehru University. In the last Lok Sabha elections, he competed from Bagusarai in Bihar but lost to Giriraj Singh of the BJP. This was followed by the controversy over Kanaya Kumar’s online crowdfunding during the elections.
Meanwhile, there were reports that Kanaya had demanded the appointment of Bihar’s secretary of state to end the dispute with the state unit of the CPI. Kanaya will join Congress as the matter will be discussed at the next party council.
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The congressional leadership hopes that Jignesh Mewani’s entry into the party will be a blessing ahead of the Assembly elections in Gujarat next year. With Kanaya Kumar and Jignesh joining the party, the leadership hopes to attract more young people to Congress.
Meanwhile, Kanaya Kumar, her room air conditioner, is reported to have left the CPI headquarters in Patna before joining Congress. Secretary of State Ram Naresh Pandey said Kanaya was an air conditioner bought on his own and there was nothing wrong with getting it back.
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