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Kanhaiya not the only JNU Students Union Prez to enter mainstream politics in Bihar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

students union presidents entering mainstream in is nothing new.

For many who thought Kanhaiya Kumar, who shot to fame in 2016 after he was booked for sedition, was the only one to take the political plunge, there have been many more.

Shakeel who is a MLA from Kadwa in Bihar's district was the JNUSU in 1992-93 and was also the union's Vice in the preceding year.

While Khan had contested student union polls as member of the left-affiliated Students Federation of (SFI), he joined as he moved out of the university

"did shape my interest in which ultimately became my career for the rest of my life. I will not be dishonest to say that the move to join was not opportunistic but it was almost two decades back, the political atmosphere of the country was different.

"Making a political career with the grand old party was in my mind but I have stuck to the party I joined despite all odds," Khan told

Khan had joined Congress in 1999 and was first elected as MLA from Kadwa constituency in 2015.

Also in the league is (United) MLC, Tanvir Akhtar, a resident of Sherghati in Gaya, who was the JNUSU in 1991-92 when was the

Akhtar, contested the student union polls, on a ticket from the Congress-affiliated National Students Union of (NSUI).

He moved out of the campus but remained with the Congress and was made the party's member of legislative council.

He was also the of the Pradesh Congress Committee and President of Youth Congress. However, he joined JDU last year.

"I did not switch my party in an opportunist move. Despite contributing a lot for the Congress, I was humiliated by party leaders and hence I took the decision. I started very young with NSUI which was almost negligible in campus and still continues to be the that way," he told

Kanhaiya, who shot to fame in 2016 after he was booked for sedition over an event on campus during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, is making his poll debut this year from his hometown Begusarai, which goes to polls on April 29.

Contesting the election on a CPI ticket, he is pitted against BJP veteran Giriraj Singh and RJD's Tanveer Hassan in Begusarai.

There were many more. Chandrashekhar Prasad, who was elected of the student union in 1993, and eventually President, for two successive terms had returned to his hometown Siwan and was working for the Communist Party of but could not make his electoral debut in mainstream politics as he was killed in 1997.

Former Banka MP, Digvijay Singh, a native of Gidhaur in Bihar's district, who died in 2010, was also the of JNUSU in 1982 from the Students for Democratic Socialism (DYS) outfit.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 13:00 IST
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