The Congress Party has roped in former President of Aligarh Muslim University Student’s Union Dr Maskoor Ahmad Usmani as a candidate from Jale seat, Dharbhanga for the upcoming Bihar Assembly Elections 2020 that is all set to start on October 28. However, the party is yet to announce this officially.
A resident of Dharbhanga, Bihar, Usmani proactively protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). In December 2017, Usmani defeated Ajay Singh by 6,719 votes and was elected as a president of the Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union. Usmani has been campaigned against Hindutva politics, which promotes a manifestation of Hindu Nationalism.
In 2019, Usmani was booked under sedition charges for raising anti-national slogans. In 2020, Twitter suspended his official account for criticizing Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on arrest of Safoora Zargar and Meeran Haider.
The Indian National Congress released the first list of candidates on October 7. According to media reports, a Congress functionary had said that the party released the names of 21 candidates for the first phase a few hours before the close of the nominations to avoid strong reactions from ticket aspirants.
The Congress list included seven Rajputs, four Bhumihars, four Dalits and two Brahmins. There is only one woman candidate in the first list.
Meanwhile, the Bihar wing of Congress on Thursday said that Rahul Gandhi will campaign during each phase of the Bihar Assembly elections. They have not announced the date and time. Shaktisinh Gohil told ANI, “Rahul Gandhi will campaign in all three-phase. The party will announce the date and zone of the campaign.”