Youth want to work in Congress: Hardik Patel on Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mevani joining the party

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The former JNU student leader had also contested against Union Minister Giriraj Singh from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat in Bihar in the 2019 general election. Since then he has maintained a low profile.

New Delhi: After former Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani joined the Congress on Tuesday, the party’s Gujarat unit working president Hardik Patel on Tuesday said that the youth in their party under such a leader. Want to do work that talks about growth and prosperity.

He said that Congress raises its voice for the people of the country and wants to become their voice by strengthening them. Patel told ANI, “We, the youth, in Congress want to work under a leader who talks of development and prosperity. We have in the past raised our voice for the people of the country, want to strengthen them and their I want to be the voice.”

Former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani on Tuesday joined the Congress in the presence of party leader Rahul Gandhi at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi.

Kanhaiya Kumar was a member of the National Executive of the Communist Party of India (CPI), an apex decision-making body of the party, while Mevani is an independent legislator from Gujarat’s Vadgam constituency and convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM).

The former JNU student leader had also contested against Union Minister Giriraj Singh from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat in Bihar in the 2019 general election. Since then he has maintained a low profile.

Mevani, on the other hand, had won from the reserved Vadgam assembly seat in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections. The Congress did not field its candidate against Mevani in the Vadgam constituency.

Congress sources had earlier said that some more youth leaders would join the party in the coming days. He said Kumar and Mevani could be part of the campaign to connect with the youth against the BJP-led government.

Earlier this year, Jitin Prasada and Sushmita Dev had resigned from the primary membership of the Congress. Prasad joined the BJP and is now a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government, while Dev became a part of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal.

(ANI)

First published:September 28, 2021, 6:30 pm

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