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A Ph.D, Kanhaiya Kumar is unemployed, earned Rs 8.5 lakhs in 2 years

IANS  |  Patna 

Former JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar, contesting as a CPI candidate from the seat in Bihar, has a doctorate but is unemployed. He has neither agricultural land nor a vehicle in his name and has earned Rs. 8.5 lakhs in two years through his writings, he has said in the affidavit filed along with his nomination papers.

Kanhaiya, who spoke against the ruling BJP-led NDA and its ideological agenda, has declared Rs. 8.5 lakh as his income for two years through freelance writing, appearing as a guest in different universities and the sale of his book "to Tihar".

Unlike his two main rivals in Begusarai, and and the RJD candidate Tanweer Hasan, Kanhaiya is much poorer as far as his movable and immovable assets are concerned.

According to the affidavit, he has Rs. 24,000 cash in hand and investments and savings amounting to Rs. 357,848.

He has mentioned one immovable asset - his ancestral property, a house in his native village of which stands on 1.5 decimal land and is valued at Rs. 2 lakh. His father is a and mother, an

However, in a first of its kind experiment in Bihar, says has raised Rs 70 lakh by crowd funding that he launched last month to raise money to contest the polls.

Kanhaiya, 32, in his affidavit has admitted that there are five cases, including one relating to sedition, against him. hit the national headlines when he was arrested in February 2016 and accused of sedition for allegedly doing nothing to prevent the raising of anti-slogans on the in Kanhaiya is the joint Left candidate and supported by several organisations, Left-liberal activists and Bollywood actors and theatre personalities.

Bollywood actors Shabana Azmi, and are likely to campaign for him in Besides, has already campaigned in Hardik Patel will also campaign for him. Dozens of activists have already joined Kanhaiya in his campaign.

The CPI had targeted the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a key in the opposition Grand Alliance, directly blaming it for not backing Kanhaiya.

Begusarai will vote on April 29 in the fourth of the seven-phased poll.



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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 11:28 IST