Kanhaiya Kumar faces condemnation for dissociating self from Umar Khalid


Former JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar is facing widespread condemnation on social media after a video showed him dissociating himself from Umar Khalid.

In a viral video, Kanhaiya Kumar could be seen dissociating himself from Umar Khalid, who’s been languishing in jail for more than a year after the government slapped sedition charges against him. Both Kanhaiya and Umar were arrested under sedition charges during their time as students in the JNU.

In the viral video, a reporter was seen asking, “Umar Khalid has been your friend.” Kanhaiya replied, “Who told you so?”

Kanhaiya did not stop here. When the reporter reminded him about his past JNU association, he asked for video proof.

As expected, the former JNU Students Union leader began to face widespread condemnation from Twitterati.




In 2016, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested for allegedly raising anti-national slogans in the JNU. They were later released on bail.

Kanhaiya later joined the CPI and unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha polls from Bihar’s Begusarai constituency. Months later, he joined the Congress party.

This is not the first time that Kanhaiya has dissociated from Umar, his former comrade-in-arms. Last year, the former JNU Students’ Union leader had decided to skip a press conference, held in Delhi to register protest against the illegal arrest of Umar Khalid. Kanhaiya was one of the scheduled speakers at the event but later decided not to be associated with Umar.

When a newspaper later grilled him for his no-show at the press conference, a visibly angry Kanhaiya had asked the publication why such questions were not being asked to other opposition leaders.