With threats of killing and reward on his head looming large, the Leftist parties are cautious to send the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Kanhaiya Kumar to address election meetings in Assam, West Bengal or even Kerala, where it is fighting polls next month for Assembly elections.
While another Left party leader and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said on Friday that Kanhaiya Kumar will “naturally campaign” for Left parties, CPI leader D. Raja was not forthcoming immediately on the issue. “No decision has been taken. There are, of course, demands from people that he should come. He is a students’ leader and he can go here and there. But the party hasn’t taken a call,” he told media.
Kanhaiya Kumar belongs to the CPI’s student wing All India Students Federation (AISF). But as the BJP is raking up the so-called patriotic nationalists versus anti-national controversy, the JNUSU president will invariably be drawn into the poll campaign as sedition charges, despite his denial, were slapped against him and he was haunted on all media platforms.
Otherwise, Kanhaiya Kumar has emerged as the new icon on Indian political scene denting BJP’s image in and outside the country.