Patna: CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar’s convoy was once again attacked in Bihar’s Gaya on Tuesday. The organisers of Kanhaiya Kumar’s state wide “Jan Gan Man Yatra” said that this was the seventh attack on the convoy in two weeks. A statement was put out by the Joint Forum against NPR-NRC-CAA, under the banner of which the drive is being undertaken, deploring “the seventh such attack in less than two weeks since the beginning of the tour.”
Former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi who heads the Hindustani Awam Morcha, Congress MLAs Shakil Ahmed Khan and Awadhesh Kumar Singh addressed a gathering at Sherghati in Gaya district. Prior to reaching the venue, the convoy was attacked by a group of motorcyclists who hurled stones at the vehicles, leaving the window panes of Kumar’s car shattered. He however was not injured in the incident, party sources said adding that a police complaint was filed in connection with it.
The statement said, “The slogans raised by the motorcyclists clearly indicated their adherence to a particular ideology” a reference to the BJP which shares power in the state and has been critical of Kanhaiya Kumar who has been actively voicing his views across the country, questioning the government and its policies.
It is noteworthy that Kanhaiya Kumar is among 20 leaders – along with Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Finland and UK, climate activist Greta Thunberg, Indian parliamentarian Mahua Moitra, political strategist Prashant Kishor — who figure in the “Forbes India” list of 20 people to watch in the 2020s. The list was published on January 17 last.