September 23, 2021

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Talks in progress to induct Kanhaiya Kumar in Congress, may meet Rahul Gandhi

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Talks in progress to induct Kanhaiya Kumar in Congress, may meet Rahul Gandhi
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Talks in progress to induct Kanhaiya Kumar in Congress, may meet Rahul Gandhi
Talks in progress to induct Kanhaiya Kumar in Congress, may meet Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Not just political strategist Prashant Kishor, but also former JNU president Kanhaiya Kumar may join the Congress party sooner than later. The two are believed to be holding negotiations with the principal opposition party to thrash out issues before making an entry.
Sources said the negotiations between Kanhaiya Kumar, who had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election on a CPI ticket, are having parleys with the Congress leaders. The date and modalities of his joining the party have not been decided yet, the sources added.
Kanhaiya Kumar lost to Union minister Giriraj Singh from the Begusarai constituency in Bihar by a massive margin of more than 4.22 lakh votes. He had secured 22 per cent of the vote share while Giriraj Singh bagged an unassailable 56.5 per cent of the vote share.
The Congress believes that if Kumar joins the party, a dramatic change might come about in the opposition in the coming days.
Chances are that a meeting between Kanhaiya Kumar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi may be arranged if all goes well. Subsequently, he may join the party, the sources said.
Kanhaiya Kumar has been maintaining a low profile ever since he lost to Giriraj Singh but is now likely to launch fresh political innings in Congress.
According to news agency ANI, a top Congress source said that including Kanhaiya in the Congress is under serious consideration at the top level of the party, but it has not yet been finalised how and when he will join.
The Congress believes that the joining could be significant at a time when the party is facing a leadership crisis with no big faces to attract the masses. Kumar is considered to be a crowd-puller, especially among youth. But the Congress needs to consider how this will be viewed by its ally the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Besides Kanhaiya Kumar, the talks for induction of poll strategist Prashant Kishor in the Congress are also in an advanced stage. There are indications that he may join as part of a special AICC panel if there is a positive outcome of his negotiations.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi is seized of the issue and sources said there has not been any discussion on Kishor since July, a period during which the party was busy with the monsoon session of Parliament as well as other developments, mostly firefighting in its state units.
If the high-profile poll strategist joins Congress, sources said it will not be a plain induction announcing his arrival, but is likely to be put out in public as part of a special committee of the AICC. Kishor has asked Congress leadership to form an “empowered group” to make decisions on the party’s strategy and election management.
Kishore’s entry into Congress will be with the sole focus of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. He may also be part of future contests in the states, but he’s likely to keep away from the coming batch of elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur.

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