Kanhaiya to campaign for Left in Bengal polls 2016, says Sitaram Yechury

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Kolkata, March 4: Kanhaiya Kumar, the student leader of New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) who stole the limelight following his arrest on charges of sedition, has been invited to campaign for the Left in the West Bengal Assembly elections starting April 4.

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CPI(M) general-secretary Sitaram Yechury has informed this, according to Bengali news channel ABP Ananda.


Kanhaiya, a member of the All India Student Federation, the youth wing of the CPI and president of the JNU Students' Union, was arrested by the Delhi Police last month on charges of instigating anti-national sentiments in the campus.

A massive controversy rocked the nation over the incident and Kanhaiya got an interim bail for six months on March 3 (Thursday) and gave a passionate speech in university on his return.

Speaking to news channels, Kanhaiya said the final decision will be taken by the council and if it allows him, he will go to any state---be it Bengal, UP or Punjab.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC), however, said that it is not attaching much importance to the news. "It doesn't matter," ABP Ananda quoted TMC chief Mamata Banerjee as saying.

The BJP, which has found itself in an uncomfortable position over the Kanhaiya issue, did not remark on this.

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