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Who is Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya Kumar

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Who is Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya Kumar is a politician affiliated with the Indian National Congress and a former student union leader. He unsuccessfully contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Bihar's Begusarai constituency, often referred to as the Leningrad of Bihar, on a Communist Party of India (CPI) ticket, with which he was affiliated till 2021.
Kanhaiya was the president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) in 2016 when a huge controversy erupted over slogans raised at an event organised on the university campus. A first information report (FIR) was lodged against several students of the university, including him. He was subsequently arrested for alleged seditious activities and granted bail later. However, a magisterial inquiry concluded that there was no video footage of him participating in the so-called 'anti-national' sloganeering that night.

Born in 1987 in Bihar's Begusarai, Kanhaiya's involvement in student politics began when he was studying at the College of Commerce in Patna. After completing his graduation in Geography, he completed a doctorate in African Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2019.
In the past few years, Kanhaiya has emerged as a prominent political activist driving the Left in several parts of the country. He has often shared the stage at political rallies with other young leaders like Jignesh Mevani and Hardik Patel. Kumar's autobiography, Bihar to Tihar: My Political Journey was published in October 2016. The book captures his story of childhood in rural Bihar, college days in Patna, and political coming of age in Delhi.
Kanhaiya has been known for his sharp critique of the ruling party and the Narendra Modi-led central government at several forums. He became a known name overnight after his speech at JNU upon release from jail in 2016.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he was up against Union Minister Giriraj Singh. During his campaign, Kumar raised the highest permissible election expenditure mandated by the Election Commission, Rs 70 lakh, through crowd-funding.
2024 Lok Sabha elections
The 2024 Lok Sabha election race for the North East Delhi seat between Kanhaiya Kumar and Manoj Tiwari has been a close one, but with 53.1 per cent vote share BJP candidate Tiwari secured the win, while Kanhaiya managed to secure 685,673 votes or 44.16 per cent vote share. Twenty eight candidates contested for the LS seat including Kanhaiya and Tiwari, but all of the other 27 candidates were not able to get even one per cent of the vote share individually. According to the estimates of various political parties, the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat has a heavy presence of migrants from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. Since 2021, Kanhaiya has been quite active with the Congress party and has campaigned for them in various state polls.

Latest Updates on Kanhaiya Kumar

Will serve as active Oppn for Northeast Delhi: Cong's Kanhaiya Kumar

The BJP drew a clean sweep in all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, forcing the INDIA bloc partners Congress and AAP to draw a blank

Updated On : 04 Jun 2024 | 11:08 PM IST

BJP leading on all 7 seats in Delhi; eyes to repeat 2019, 2014 verdicts

The BJP is leading in all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi as of 1.45 pm on Tuesday. Manoj Tiwari leading with over 100,000 votes in North-East Delhi against Congress' Kanhaiya Kumar

Updated On : 04 Jun 2024 | 2:56 PM IST

BJP leading in all 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi: Election Commission trends

BJP's North-East Delhi candidate Manoj Tiwari, who is pitted against the Congress' Kanhaiya Kumar, was leading by a margin of 73,781 votes

Updated On : 04 Jun 2024 | 2:13 PM IST

BJP ahead in six Lok Sabha seats, Congress in one in Delhi: EC trends

BJP's North East Delhi candidate Manoj Tiwari, who is pitted against Congress's Kanhaiya Kumar, was leading by a margin of 31,547 votes

Updated On : 04 Jun 2024 | 11:45 AM IST

Purvanchali-dominated North East Delhi set to see battle of 'outsiders'

It's been only a couple of weeks since his name was announced by the party

Updated On : 23 May 2024 | 11:08 PM IST

Court grants bail to man accused of assaulting Cong leader Kanhaiya Kumar

Metropolitan Magistrate Arushi Parwal heard the city police's application seeking Ajay Kumar's judicial custody for 14 days on Tuesday

Updated On : 22 May 2024 | 9:21 PM IST

It's fight of 'tukde-tukde' vs 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai': BJP's Manoj Tiwari

The Congress has pitted Kanhaiya Kumar against the BJP's Tiwari who is seeking a hattrick of victory in North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat

Updated On : 20 May 2024 | 7:28 AM IST

Manoj Tiwari carried out attack on me as people have rejected him: Kanhaiya

He further alleged that the sitting North East Delhi MP did not have even 10 projects to show in his name in the last 10 years

Updated On : 18 May 2024 | 8:46 PM IST

LS polls highlights: 3rd phase sees about 61.43% voter turnout; highest in Assam, lowest in Maha, UP

Lok Sabha Elections LIVE updates: Home Minister Amit Shah and Former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan are in the fray in 3rd phase. The results of the elections will be declared on June 4

Updated On : 07 May 2024 | 8:52 PM IST

Out of power in Delhi since 2013, Cong hopes Kanhaiya can be a game changer

Rahul Gandhi's decision to field the former students' union leader in North East Delhi is an attempt to breathe new life into the party in the national capital

Updated On : 18 Apr 2024 | 2:04 PM IST

BJP trying to ensure people don't question rising petrol prices: Kanhaiya

Kumar claimed that efforts were being made to alter the reality through "perception management"

Updated On : 07 Apr 2024 | 2:45 PM IST

Congress appoints Kanhaiya Kumar as NSUI incharge with immediate effect

The Congress on Thursday appointed former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar as the AICC in-charge of its students' wing.

Updated On : 06 Jul 2023 | 6:23 PM IST

Kanhaiya targets AAP, says Oxygen cylinders not available in Covid peak

Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar accused the Aam Aadmi Party of failing to deliver on its promises and claimed the people in Delhi, where AAP is in power, didn't get oxygen cylinders during the 2nd wave

Updated On : 15 Nov 2022 | 11:59 PM IST

Bharat Jodo Yatra revealed real identity of Rahul Gandhi: Kanhaiya Kumar

Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday said that the party has completed the first leg of its Bharat Jodo Yatra and the yatra has revealed the real identity of Rahul Gandhi.

Updated On : 13 Nov 2022 | 6:11 PM IST

JNU's excess factor

This is a book written with scrupulous honesty, even innocence

Updated On : 12 May 2022 | 2:51 AM IST

Congress denounces Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani's arrest, terms it 'unlawful'

In a statement, K C Venugopal said: "The unlawful & unconstitutional arrest of Jignesh Mevani at midnight by Assam Police is the latest proof of authoritarianism under BJP"

Updated On : 21 Apr 2022 | 12:32 PM IST

Kanhaiya Kumar questions TMC, AAP's decision to contest Goa polls

Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Thursday took swipes at the Trinamool Congress Party and Aam Aadmi Party for entering the fray for the coming Assembly elections in Goa.

Updated On : 07 Jan 2022 | 10:06 AM IST

Kanhaiya like another Sidhu who would destroy Congress: RJD

RJD on Friday mocked Kanhaiya Kumar's induction into the Congress, saying that the former JNU student is like "another Navjot Singh Sidhu" who would "destroy" the grand old party.

Updated On : 01 Oct 2021 | 7:55 PM IST

Need to save country's democracy, Kanhaiya says after joining Congress

CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar who has joined the Congress said that he has joined the party to save the country's democracy.

Updated On : 29 Sep 2021 | 8:49 AM IST

Kanhaiya Kumar joins Congress, says saving party crucial for country

He said there is a sense of urgency to save the country and the youth should create an atmosphere in this regard

Updated On : 29 Sep 2021 | 1:09 AM IST