Former Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar joined the Congress on Tuesday and said the youth have started to realise that if the Congress is finished, then the country won't be safe either.
Kanhaiya Kumar was formally inducted into the Congress by former party president Rahul Gandhi at party headquarters in Delhi. The former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student said it was the country’s "most democratic party" and the only hope for the nation
"I am joining the Congress because some people who are ruling the country are trying to change this country’s thoughts, culture. I have chosen to be in the country’s most democratic party," Kanhaiya Kumar said.
"Youths are beginning to realise that if the Congress is finished, then this country will also not be safe," he added.
Kanhaiya Kumar expressed gratitude to his former party but said these are times of urgency. "This is war time, not to look left or right," he said.
Kanhaiya Kumar said the weakening of the country's opposition parties should worry the people. "People say the Opposition is weak. It should be a worry for them as well as in such a situation, the rulers could turn into dictators," he said.
"There is no alternative other than the Congress. If a big ship like the Congress is not saved, then small boats will not survive," Kanhaiya Kumar added. Kanhaiya Kumar had joined the CPI before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He contested on a CPI ticket from Begusarai against BJP's Giriraj Singh but failed to win.
At Tuesday's event, independent MLA from Gujarat's Vadgam constituency Jignesh Mevani also pledged support to the Congress, saying though he has not formally joined the party, he has joined its ideology.
Jignesh Mevani said he would contest on the Congress symbol in next year's Gujarat Assembly election.