New Delhi: As former JNU students' union president and CPI National Executive Council member Kanhaiya Kumar is likely to join the Congress party today, posters welcoming Kumar to the party were put up outside the Congress office in Delhi Tuesday morning, reports NDTV.
Quoting sources, the NDTV report also says that Kumar had met with Rahul Gandhi twice in two weeks earlier. He has also met Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, added the report.
Meanwhile, CPI Bihar state secretary Ram Naresh Pandey on Tuesday confirmed that some days ago Kanhaiya had taken out the AC installed by him in the CPI's state office in Patna. Pandey told ANI that he gave his consent to take the AC because Kanhaiya had installed it at his own cost.
While speaking to ANI, Pandey also hoped that Kumar will take back his decision to join the Congress.
Adding that Kumar had participated in the National Executive Council meeting of CPI on September 4 and 5 in the national capital, Pandey pointed out that Kumar never expressed any intention of leaving the party, nor did he demand any specific party post during the meeting.
Pandey said that Kanhaiya Kumar hopefully would not join Congress. "Kanhaiya's mindset is communist and such people are strict with their ideology." ANI quoted Pandey as saying.
Kanhaiya Kumar joined the CPI (Communist Party of India) just before the 2019 general election and contested from his hometown Begusarai in Bihar against Giriraj Singh of the BJP. But he lost the election.
Along with Kanhaiya Kumar, Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM) MLA Jignesh Mewani from Gujarat is expected to join the Congress party on Tuesday.
Mewani is an independent MLA from the Vadgam constituency in Gujarat and convener of RDAM. In the 2017 Gujarat Assembly election, the Congress party did not field its candidate against Mewani in the Vadgam constituency.