CPI leader and former union president of JNU students, Kanhaiya Kumar, and Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani are all set to join the Congress party on Tuesday. The developments come ahead of the BJP-ruled Gujarat state assembly elections next year.
Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, Kumar had joined the CPI (Communist Party of India) and faced defeat at the hands of Giriraj Singh of BJP from Begusarai seat, Bihar.
Some sources close to him said that the CPI leader is likely to switch over to the Congress party today in New Delhi.
Mevani, an independent MLA in Gujarat and represents the Vadgam constituency, announced on Saturday that he would join Congress on Tuesday.
He told PTI that he will be joining the Indian National Congress along with Kanhaiya Kumar on 28th September.
Jignesh Mevani is also the convener of the RDAM (Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch). He had won the Vadgam assembly seat in 2017 in Banaskantha district with Congress support.
Amit Malviya, who is the BJP IT Cell head, hit out at the Congress party for joining hands with “Breaking India” forces.
Commenting on the upcoming political move of Mevani and Kumar, Gujarat Congress working president Hardik Patel said, “We, youngsters, want to work in Congress, under a leader who talks about prosperity and development. We have raised our voice for the people of the country in past, want to strengthen them and be their voice.”