JNU adds spice: Kanhaiya’s hostelmate to battle in Kerela’s Pattambi

  • Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times, Pattambi
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2016 11:39 IST
JNU Candidate Muhammed Muhsin from Pattambi (HT photo)

JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who was charged with sedition for allegedly raising anti-national slogans, finds resonance in faraway Palakkad district of poll-bound Kerala — thanks to a fellow Left-leaning hostel-mate.

After campus politics, Mohammed Mohsin, 30, has taken a full-throttle electoral plunge as a CPI candidate from Pattambi that was a Left bastion once, electing stalwarts EMS Namboodiripad, who headed the first democratically elected communist government.

The vice-president of the CPI student wing AISF in JNU, Mohsin readily agreed to contest — unlike Kumar, who is reluctant to join mainstream politics.

But then, JNU and Kumar pop up everywhere in sleepy Pattambi where five of Mohsin’s university friends have descended on the scene as his “war room boys”. Kumar is likely to campaign for him in the May 16 polls.

CPI workers have dubbed him the “next Che” — after the Left’s favourite poster boy, revolutionary leader Che Guevara. Mohsin, is a PhD student and the grandson of Sufi scholar, Maanu Musaliar. Ironically, his father is a Congress sympathiser.

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