Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat MP Jignesh Mevani set to join Congress next week

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New Delhi:

Indian Communist Party leader Kanhaiya Kumar and independent Gujarat MP Jignesh Mevani are expected to join Congress early next week, sources say the event was held from October 2.

The event will now take place on September 28 – the day of Bhagat Singh’s birth. This was the initial plan, sources told The Bharat Express News.

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Mr Mevani – a Dalit leader who represents the Vadgam constituency in Gujarat – could become the incumbent chairman of the party’s state unity, sources added.

Earlier this week, Congress appointed Charanjit Singh Channi, the first Dalit Sikh to rule the Punjab.

Mr Kumar – former president of the students’ union at Jawaharlal Nehru University – is expected to bring a few other left-wing leaders with him when he visits Congress.

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News of the expected membership of Mr Mevani and Mr Kumar underscores Congress’ willingness to recruit young and dynamic faces ahead of next year’s national elections and 2024 general elections.

Mr Kumar, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from his hometown of Begusarai in Bihar but lost to Giriraj Singh of the BJP, has already met with Gandhi siblings to discuss his future role in the party, have indicated sources.

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