File photo: Kanhaiya Kumar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Kanhaiya Kumar, former president of Jawaharlal Nehru University students union (JNUSU) and an accused of raising anti-national slogans in 2016, will contest 2019 Lok Sabha election from Bihar's Begusarai parliamentary seat.
Kanhaiya Kumar will contest as Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate from Begusarai, all Left parties decided.
Kanhaiya was arrested in February 2016 by the Delhi Police after being accused of being involved in a controversial event in JNU wherein anti-India slogans were allegedly raised, a charge vehemently denied by Kanhaiya.
Though Kanhaiya Kumar will contest on the CPI ticket, he will be the nominee of grand alliance comprising the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Jitan Ram Manjhi-led HAM (S), Loktantrik Janata Dal of Sharad Yadav and all Left parties. The RJD and the Congress have agreed not to nominate a candidate from Begusarai seat.
In 2014 Lok Sabha election, BJP candidate Bhola Singh won from Begusarai seat, defeating RJD's Tanveer Hasan by 58,000 votes.