New Delhi: Former JNU Students Union President and a very good orator Kanhaiya Kumar is hogging limelight once again. The student leader who gained fame with his extempore speeches following his arrest and incarceration for being ‘anti-national’ has said that secular parties need to come together to defeat the BJP.
Kanhaiya Kumar who delivered a heart-rending speech two days ago in JNU on a missing student from JNU Najeeb has said that the secular political parties need to come together with some sort of common minimum program.
While questioning the division in the secular block the youth icon said, “Why can’t (Arvind) Kejriwal, Congress, Left and Mayawati come together?…There should be unity.” These parties “need to get together to defeat the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)”. Kanhaiya Kumar, a vocal advocate of Left-Bahujan unity, said an anti-BJP alliance must be based on a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that prevailed during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-I regime.
The student leader who hails from a poor family from Bihar was jailed for 17 days on charges of sedition has written a book “From Bihar to Tihar” (Juggernaut) recounting his days in jail.
He says that the secular block cannot beat the BJP if it remains divided. Asked about the ideological contradictions in such a grouping, Kanhaiya Kumar cited the example of South Africa where the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) co-exist in an alliance. “The ANC and SACP too have differences but they work on the basis of certain commonalities.”
Kanhaiya Kumar had nothing to do with that February 9 meeting, and he says in his book “From Bihar to Tihar” that most policemen who dealt with him quickly realised he had been framed. It was the fiery, nearly hour-long speech Kanhaiya Kumar gave at the JNU after his release — telecast live and watched by millions — that gave him a star status. A member of the CPI-affiliated All India Students Federation (AISF), he says he is part of “active politics” but has no desire to take part in electoral politics. Arguing that dissent was vital in any democracy, he said that all those opposed to majoritarianism, irrespective of their different streams, have to unite.