New Delhi: Buoyed by the response its candidate Kanhaiya Kumar was getting in Begusarai, CPI on Wednesday asked RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav to retire his party candidate from the seat to turn into a direct fight with BJP, said reports. (Catch Updates of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)

At a press conference, CPI general secretary Sudhakar Reddy urged Yadav asked Yadav to retired RJD candidate Tanveer Hassan in favour of Kumar. Begusarai goes to polls in the fourth phase on April 29.

“I would urge Tejashwi to consider our appeal that Hassan retires from the contest. He can do this much to help Kanhaiya get a decisive victory,” he said.

Top Left leaders like Sitaram Yechury, D Raja and Sudhakar Reddy have already campaigned for Kanhaiya, besides actors like Prakash Raj and Swara Bhaskar.

Reports suggest that RJD chief Lalu Prasad had mulled over lending support to Kumar but Tejashwi felt that since Kumar belonged to the Bhumihar caste, supporting him might anger the RJD’s vote base of Yadavs and Muslims.

Left leaders also privately said that Tejashwi didn’t want the emergence of another youth leader from the state.

Reddy said it was unfortunate that the CPI could not be a part of the Grand Alliance in Bihar. “The CPI is committed to the formation of a non-NDA government at the Centre, which the Left parties could influence in terms of policy formulation. We decided to field our candidates in only a handful of seats and support the Grand Alliance in the remaining ones,” he said.

“There is definitely a buzz around Kanhaiya. It is not for nothing that leaders from other parties like CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury and Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav are campaigning for him,” he added.