Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who has become a social media sensation after his Thursday’s speech following his release from jail, is expected to be in the city to attend the Lankesh-81 on March 12, organised in remembrance of late P. Lankesh, well known Kannada writer, rationalist and journalist.
Even though the details of his programme were not shared, he is likely to address a gathering in the city. With thousands of fans on social media, his possible visit to city has raised curiosity among his supporters and his detractors.
Lankesh’s daughter Gauri Lankesh, the organiser of the event, has announced that an invitation has extended to Kanhaiya Kumar through her Facebook account and he has responded positively to it.
“Good news to all progressive people. We have invited Kanhaiya Kumar to come and address ‘Lankesh-81’ programme on March 12 in Bengaluru. So far we have got a positive response. Shall keep you all posted in the developments,” she posted on her FB page. When contacted, Gauri informed that she is waiting for final confirmation from JNU student leader over his visit.
It may be recalled that the city witnessed a series of protests by various organisations against the arrest of Kanhaiya and Central government’s witch-hunt at JNU. Organisations such as Student Federation of India, All India Student Association, National Federation of Indian Women and other organisations had staged protests rallies in the city. However organisations such as Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and some ex-servicemen organisations had also carried out protest rallies against ‘anti-national’ activities at JNU.