Rahul Gandhi infusing young blood in Congress by inducting Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mevani to take on BJP-RSS

Both Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani are great fighters who are opposed to BJP-RSS. They would give additional ammunition to Congress and opposition’s fight against the saffron camp

Jignesh Mevani and Kanhaiya Kumar (NH photo by Vipin)
Jignesh Mevani and Kanhaiya Kumar (NH photo by Vipin)
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Sushil Kutty

The induction of former Jawaharlal University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani, independent MLA from Vadnagar, Gujarat into the Congress is a significant development. The two were welcomed into the party on Tuesday by Rahul Gandhi himself.

Kanhaiya Kumar had fought the 2019 general elections from Begusarai, his home district in Bihar, pitted against Union Minister Giriraj Singh. It was a tough nail-biting contest and, claim CPI supporters, if it wasn’t because of elements of the RJD who betrayed their own party’s decision, Kanhaiya Kumar would have won hands down. He lost but he won the hearts of the young.

Kanhaiya Kumar’s leaving the CPI and joining the Congress is certainly a big loss to the CPI, but CPI is an ideologically driven organization and it can absorb the exit.

Jignesh Mevani also has a winning way to him, both in winning elections, and in winning friends.

It was Mevani who had addressed a presser and revealed that he and Kanhaiya Kumar would join the Congress on September 28.


Rahul Gandhi is in the process of building a young leadership that will stand behind him through thick and thin. Kanhaiya Kumar shot to limelight in 2016 when he was arrested and charged with sedition. At that time, Rahul Gandhi had visited JNU to sit in solidarity with the students.

For the Congress, Kanhaiya Kumar is a “revolutionary youth leader” who will strengthen the party. He is a charismatic young leader and is extremely popular among the youth. He‘s also a fiery orator.

The induction of Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani is a sign of Rahul Gandhi leaving his stamp on rejuvenating the Congress. Both Kumar and Mevani are great fighters and they are against the BJP-RSS combination.

If both of them give some additional ammunition to the Congress and opposition’s fight against the BJP, that will be a big contribution to the opposition. Kumar can create enough space in the Congress to bring about more pro-people shift in the party’s approach.

(IPA Service)

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Published: 28 Sep 2021, 6:19 PM