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New Delhi, Apr 14: The comrades who had led the motion for launch of Kanhaiya Kumar from Tihar in 2016, following his arrest over sedition costs, are actually campaigning to ship him to the Lok Sabha from Bihar’s Begusarai. Fielded by the CPI, Kumar, a debutant, is pitted in opposition to BJP veteran Giriraj Singh and RJD’s Tanveer Hassan in Begusarai, which matches to polls on April 29.

A few of the comrades have been tenting in Begusarai to hunt votes for the previous Jawarharlal Nehru College College students Union (JNUSU) president. Rama Naga, a former JNUSU member who was charged with sedition together with Kanhaiya, has been in Begusarai for the final two weeks.

“The government tried its best to put us down. Our name will be noted in history worldwide among those few who were charged with sedition,” he advised PTI.

“They wanted to portray it as a negative tag but how Kanhaiya has tried to make a positive beginning out of it and to remain attached to his roots in Begusarai is commendable,” he stated.

“We have moved on to different projects in our respective lives but our ideologies are still the same and this campaigning has united all of us again,” he added.

Shehla Rashid, who was a outstanding face of the marketing campaign for Kumar’s launch, is gunning for him but once more.

“Begusarai is brimming with anticipation. After decades, people are looking forward to having a representative who can dare to speak against injustice and Kanhaiya is just about that,” stated Rashid, who entered mainstream politics by becoming a member of the fledgling Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Motion earlier this 12 months.

The BJP would have by no means thought {that a} scholar motion would attain to this point, she stated, talking about Kumar’s rally after he filed his nomination papers. The rally was joined by lots of. Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar, a JNU alumnus, can also be in Begusarai. She was trolled on social media for supporting Kumar and Khalid in 2016.

Bhaskar was amongst those that joined Kumar’s nomination rally on April 9, additionally her birthday.

“It is a rather unusual way of spending one’s birthday. But Kanhaiya is a friend and I think he is fighting an important battle on behalf of us all. If he wins, it will be a victory for the Indian democracy,” she stated.

Gurmeher Kaur, a scholar activist who was trolled for her enchantment to say no to conflict and boycott BJP’s scholar outfit Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, can also be campaigning for Kumar in Bihar. Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattarcharya, who have been additionally jailed in reference to the sedition row, are operating a marketing campaign on social media to hunt votes for the previous JNUSU president.

Kumar additionally acquired the blessings of Fatima Nafees, mom of lacking JNU scholar Najeeb Ahmad. Kumar, together with others, was a part of a marketing campaign to hunt justice for Ahmad. Earlier than he got down to file his nomination papers final week, Kumar had shared an image together with his mom and Nafees on his Twitter deal with saying, “I now have blessings of the mothers”.

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and activist Teesta Setalvad are additionally actively campaigning for the younger chief. College students from JNU are additionally leaving for Begusarai in batches to take part within the campaigning. Kumar shot to fame after his arrest three years in the past for allegedly elevating anti-national slogans at an occasion to commemorate the anniversary of the hanging of Parliament assault convict Afzal Guru.

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