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Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya Kumar is a candidate for the Begusarai constituency in the Lok Sabha elections 2019. He was the  President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union in 2016 when a huge controversy erupted over   slogans raised in the institute. An FIR was lodged against several students of the university and him. Subsequently, he was granted bail. A magisterial inquiry concluded that there was no video footage of him participating in so-called 'anti-national' sloganeering that night.
Kanhaiya's involvement in student politics began when he was a studying at the College of Commerce in Patna. He completed a doctorate in African Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2019.
In the last few years, Kanhaiya Kumar has emerged as a prominent political activist. He has often shared the stage at political rallies with other young leaders like Jignesh Mevani and Hardik Patel. Kanhaiya has written a memoir named Bihar Se Tihar (Bihar to Tihar) to explain his side of the JNU protest story.
Kanhaiya is contesting on a Communist Party of India ticket from Begusarai -- often referred to as the Leningrad of Bihar. He is up against Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Giriraj Singh. Kumar raised the highest permissible election expenditure mandated by the Election Commission -- Rs 70 lakh -- through crowd funding. 


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