Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary D Raja slammed Kanhaiya Kumar for leaving the party and joining Congress on Tuesday, saying that he has no faith in the communist ideology.
"Kanhaiya has expelled himself from the party. CPI is a party fighting for a casteless and classless society. If he has expelled himself, it means, he must have personal ambitions and aspirations. It shows he has no faith in communist ideology and no faith in working-class ideology," Raja told ANI.
"As far as CPI is concerned, our party will work and succeed. That is what I want to underline. The party will not end with him leaving. CPI was there and after him as well, the party will be there," said the party's General Secretary.
Laying emphasis on the ideals of CPI, Raja said that that the party is known for "selfless struggles" and "sacrifices."
"Those who come to our party, they must be prepared to lead such a selfless life, making supreme sacrifices in the interest of the nation and the working people of the nation," Raja noted.
He further alleged that Kanhaiya was not "straight forward truthful" to the party and the leadership.
"He was not straight forward truthful to the party and to the leadership. That's why there was speculation. He did not come forward to explain," he said.
Kanhaiya Kumar was elected to the party national council of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and was inducted into the CPI national executive council in 2019.
The CPI had banked heavily on his so-called image and thus gave the ticket to former JNU Students' Union president. Kumar contested from Begusarai on the Communist Party of India's ticket for the 2019 Indian general election. He lost the election to the now Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh.
The BJP nominee Singh had polled a massive 57 per cent votes against 22.02 per cent by Kanhaiya Kumar. Singh had polled 6,92,193 votes, while Kanhaiya Kumar, as CPI candidate, got only 2,69,976. Nevertheless, he finished second with RJD's Tanveer Hassan, polling 1,98,233 votes.