While there have been several JNUSU presidents in the past, Kumar rose to fame after he allegedly raised anti-India slogans at an event in memory of slain terrorist Afzal Guru in 2016.
New Delhi: Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU), has jumped from his parent political body, the Left CPM, to the Congress.
Kanhaiya Kumar had joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM just before the 2019 general election and contested against BJP veteran Giriraj Singh from his hometown of Begusarai in Bihar. Despite his extensive campaigning, the student leaders failed to sustain Singh’s popularity. Kumar had relied on his Bhumihar caste affiliation to give Singh a run for the money, but could not do so.
While there have been several JNUSU presidents in the past, Kumar rose to prominence after he raised anti-India slogans at an event to commemorate the death anniversary of slain terrorist Afzal Guru, mastermind of the Parliament attack mastermind in 2016.
Kumar, along with Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, was arrested by the Delhi Police and booked for sedition. His arrest had divided the country: while left-liberals cried foul, right-leaning ones applauded the arrest. Nonetheless, it sparked a nationwide debate.
However, on January 14, 2019, it took the Delhi Police a full three years to file the chargesheet in the case. Youth Termed the 1,200-page chargesheet as “politically motivated”. He has been charged with offenses under sections 124A (sedition), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 465 (punishment for forgery), 471 (forged document or electronic record being used), 143 (punishment for being a member) was accused of. Unlawful assembly), 149 (being a member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
After some time, forensic analysis conducted by the investigating agencies had revealed that the video footage in which the JNU leader was seen shouting “Azadi” slogans was tampered with and there was no evidence of Kumar shouting at the event. .
But, by then Kumar had reaped the political crop of controversy, and had already transformed into a full-fledged political leader.
First published:September 28, 2021, 12:40 pm