The Communist Party of India (CPI) has announced that former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) Kanhaiya Kumar will contest from Bihar’s Begusarai for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. He will be the joint candidate of the Left parties from the district.
The CPI tried to get support of Bihar’s Mahagathbandhan parties, particularly RJD support for its candidate. As it excluded theLeft from the seat-sharing formula, CPI announced its own candidate.
Both the RJD and JDU will be fielding Muslims as Begusarai is considered safe for a Muslim candidate. While the RJD plans to field Tanvir Hasan, who had lost in 2014 by a margin of 60,000 votes to contest from Begusarai, JDU candidate Monazir Hasan, who won this seat will also fight from the same seat.
Kanhaiya was speculated to be the Opposition’s candidate from Begusarai. However, no seats were given to the CPI and CPI-M, thus making it clear that Kanhaiya will not be supported by the Mahagathbandhan. The seat was given to RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav’s.