Bihar bypolls: Kanhaiya Kumar, Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mewani to campaign for Congress | Patna News

PATNA: Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, who recently quit the CPI and joined the Congress, will campaign for his party candidates in Bihar assembly bypolls from October 22.
Besides Kanhaiya, the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee’s working president & famous Patidar reservation movement leader Hardik Patel and the Gujarat legislator Jignesh Mewani who has already announced to join the Congress, would be arriving in Bihar on October 22 to campaign in favour of the Congress candidates in the by-elections.
Bihar’s two assembly seats – Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur, which fell vacant following the untimely death of JD(U) MLAs, Shashibhushan Hajari and Mewalal Choudhary, respectively, are going to the by-elections on October 30.
Congress has fielded Atirek Kumar and Rajesh Kumar Mishra as its candidates from Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur seats, respectively.
“Kanhaiya will be reaching Patna on October 22. But his campaign itinerary is yet to be finalized,” Dhananjay Kumar, a close associate of the former JNUSU president told TOI over phone from Delhi on Wednesday.
He said Kanhaiya is currently in Delhi and he would be reaching Patna on October 22 to campaign in favour of the party candidates.
“Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mewani also will be reaching Patna on October 22 to campaign in the by-elections. But both the leaders will return Gujarat in a day or two, while Kanhaiya will stay in Bihar till October 30, the polling day,” Dhananjay told this reporter.
He said since Kanhaiya hails from Bihar he would stay there and address election meetings in the favour of the Congress candidates on different dates. Campaigning for the two seats will come to a close on October 28.
Contacted, Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) spokesperson Rajesh Rathorre told TOI on Wednesday, “The State Congress has sent a request to the AICC for arranging election campaigns by Kanhaiya, Patel and Mewani from October 22. The AICC leaders are finalizing their campaign itinerary. Most probably, the AICC will approve the dates provided by the Bihar Congress and Kanhaiya will campaign from October 22 in the state by-polls.”
“Kanhaiya, Hardik Patel and Mewani are already in the list of the 20 star campaigners of the Congress for the by-polls in Bihar,” Rathorre said.

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