Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mewani join Congress in presence of Rahul Gandhi in Delhi
Youth leaders Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mewani formally joined Congress on Tuesday ending weeks of speculations.
New Delhi: CPI leader and former JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mewani on Tuesday joined the Congress in the presence of party leader Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.
The leaders Kanhaiya and Mevani arrived at Shaheed-E-Azam Bhagat Singh Park in Delhi's ITO where they were greeted by several party workers.
As per reports, Kumar jumped ship after he met former Congress president Rahul Gandhi amid as he was feeling “suffocated” in the CPI. According to sources in Congress, Kumar is keen to play a key role in Bihar politics.
The major development of two influential leaders joining Congress comes ahead of the Assembly elections in the BJP-ruled Gujarat next year.
Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Kumar had joined the Communist Party of India (CPI) and faced defeat at the hands of Giriraj Singh of the BJP from Begusarai seat in Bihar.
While Mevani, who is also the convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM), had won the Vadgam Assembly seat in Gujarat's Banaskantha district in 2017 with the support of Congress.
The two leaders joined the Congress party on a day that coincides with the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Meanwhile, earlier today, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya hit out at the Congress for joining hands with "Breaking India" forces.
"On the anniversary of surgical strike, Congress to admit Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mewani of “Bharat tere tukde honge” fame. This can’t be a mere coincidence. Joining hands with “Breaking India” forces is now Congress’s raison d'être," Malviya said on Twitter.