The Communist Party of India announced candidature of former JNU students' union leader Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat in Bihar on Sunday, 24 March.
CPI’s decision to go solo comes days after it expecting to get the seat for Kumar as part of the mahagathbandhan (the grand alliance). The party’s move was lauded by Twitteratis across the spectrum.
Here’s how Twitter cheered the former student leader’s political plunge:
‘Hope for India’s Democracy’
With Kanhaiya’s foray into national politics front, people have expressed how they see this move as an attempt to revive democracy.
There are many who look at Kanhaiya Kumar and see hope for India’s political future. For them his candidature is more than a mere election affair. #Kanhaiya4Begusarai— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) March 24, 2019
Kanhaiya’s fellow student leader Umar Khalid did not forget to remind people that CPI’s pick is also a scholar by academic qualification.
Passionate, Determined, Woke, Millennial @kanhaiyakumar is contesting on a CPI ticket from Bihar this election... My respect for him grows as he didn’t fall for 'Be an activist today & Congress employee tomorrow programme.’#kanhiya4begusarai— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) March 24, 2019
Show him some love doston!
What Does This Say About Opposition, Ask Some
Yashwant Deshmukh, founder-director of C-Voter International remarked at Opposition party’s inability to accommodate Kanhaiya Kumar. “Forget real questions, not even token symbolism,” he tweeted.
The opposition leaders and parties which made headlines after headlines using @kanhaiyakumar, did not bother to adjust even one seat for him in Bihar. Forget real equations, Not even token symbolism.— Yashwant Deshmukh ?? (@YRDeshmukh) March 22, 2019
Use and throw policy??
The younger lot on Twitter saw the move as a change in the wind, amounting to representation of youth in the Indian Parliament.
We need REAL youth representation in the parliament!@kanhaiyakumar will be the torchbearer for plenty of youngsters to join politics and change the system with a progressive thought#Kanhaiya4Begusarai— Poojan Sahil (@poojansahil) March 24, 2019
Harkat honay lagi hai. Kahin pe hawa chali hai. #Kanhaiya4Begusarai— Ankur Téwari (@ankurtewari) March 24, 2019
In Begusarai, Kumar will be pitted against the BJP's Giriraj Singh. An influential upper caste Bhumihar leader, the Union minister has been shifted from his Nawada seat.
The mahagathbandhan is yet to announce its candidate.
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