Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Wednesday said he and Hardik Patel will campaign for former JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is contesting from the Begusarai Lok Sabha seat in Bihar.Also Read - Upset With Gujarat Party Leadership, Hardik Patel Quits Congress, May Join BJP
“Hardik Patel and I will campaign for Kanhaiya Kumar. Several people across the country will visit Begusarai to campaign for him,” Mevani said in Patna on his way to Begusarai. Also Read - Eastern India's Largest Pepsi Plant Inaugurated in Begusarai, Completed in Record 11 Months at ₹550 Crore | Photos
He called Kanhaiya Kumar “a local boy of Begusarai” and said: “It is difficult for BJP likely candidate Giriraj Singh, a Union Minister, to face Kanhaiya in Begusarai.” Also Read - 'A Groom Forced to Undergo Nasbandi': Hardik Patel Expresses Displeasure Over Congress' Style of Functioning
The Communist Party of India (CPI) has fielded Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai. As a joint Left candidate, he will take on Giriraj Singh and RJD’s Tanweer Hasan.
Kanhaiya Kumar, 32, was arrested in February 2016 and accused of sedition for allegedly doing nothing to prevent the raising of anti-India slogans on the JNU campus.
The JNU Students Union President for 2015-16, he was then pursuing doctorate from the School of International Studies and was affiliated to the All India Students Federation (AISF).