Mamata: Kanhaiya’s Left campaign won’t affect us

RSTV Bureau

File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Hours after Left leaders claimed that JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar will campaign for them in the upcoming Assembly polls, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has said that Kanhaiya’s campaign will not have any impact on her party’s prospect.

“Let them come. How does it matter? It is a democratic country. Anyone can come for campaigning. It will not have any impact on the prospect of TMC,” said Mamata Banerjee.

Four states including West Bengal and Kerala and one union territory Puducherry go to polls in the next couple in the next two months.

“Our people also fought for them in Parliament,” said Mamata referring to the TMC MPs who protested against the government action on Kanhaiya in Parliament.

“Let them think about Kerala first. I have decided to go to Kerala and expose the nexus between Congress and CPI(M),” Mamata added while talking about the speculation that Congress and CPI(M) will ally for the Assembly polls in West Bengal even as the two parties are rivals in Kerala.

On Friday, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said in Delhi that Kanhaiya, as a Left activist, will “campaign” for the Left parties in the five states where elections are due.

“He (Kanhaiya Kumar) is a Left activist. As a Left activist, he will naturally campaign (for the parties). It is often said that youth is not attracted to the Left. What they have to say about yesterday’s meeting in JNU?” Yechury said.

“As a student activist, political activist he is likely to campaign for us. There are demands for him to campaign in many places. We will have to see how it works out,” said CPI leader D Raja.

Kanhaiya is a leader of All India Students’ Federation, the students’ wing of CPI.

Kumar was arrested for sedition three weeks ago for allegedly raising anti-India slogans. His arrest had triggered a massive outcry in the country against the Centre.

Kanhaiya was released from Tihar jail on Thursday, after he was granted interim bail for six months by the High Court on a condition that he will cooperate in the ongoing investigation and will present himself before the police as and when required.

(With inputs from PTI)