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Kanhaiya’s campaign will damage LDF prospects: BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Kummanam Rajasekharan has said that the participation of JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar in the Assembly poll campaign will only damage the prospects of the Congress and Left and not the BJP.

“In Mr. Kumar’s case, the Congress and the Communist parties are the same, but the BJP has a different attitude. So, there is no question of damage to the BJP. It will damage the CPI(M) and the Congress. I am confident that Mr. Kumar visiting Kerala will cause damage to them,” he told reporters here on Sunday.

There were reports that Mr. Kumar, arrested for sedition and later released from Tihar Jail, would be campaigning for the LDF in the elections.

‘We will get to know hat happened’

Replying to a question on Mr. Kumar, Mr. Rajasekharan said the BJP would invite students from the JNU to hold a debate on the row. “If Mr. Kumar is coming to Kerala, we will welcome because we will get a chance to explain what happened at JNU,’’ he said.

‘‘We will invite students from JNU. They will come. We are interested in having a debate. We are not afraid of Mr. Kumar,” he said.

On seat-sharing discussions for the Assembly polls, he said, “We cannot say much about seat-sharing because our new constituents in the alliance have not held seat-sharing discussions. In the first round, we have discussed framing a Common Minimum Programme. The second round of discussion will be on seat-sharing. We will complete it in the next two to three days,” he said.