Mr Kumar will contest on a Communist Party of India (CPI) ticket but he will represent the Left Front, CPI National Council Secretary KR Naraina, who was in Patna to participate in the state executive meeting, said on Sunday.
Mr Kumar's candidature was on the cards but Mr Naraina said Left leaders also wanted to field him from Kerala. But the party's Bihar unit thinks that a victory will be most certain for the first-timer if he contests from his home state.
Kanhaiya Kumar may be a first-timer in electoral politics but the 30-year-old Left leader gained significant recognition and following after a prolonged controversy last year over an event in JNU where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.
Mr Kumar, who was attending a literature festival in Bengaluru, has not reacted to this announcement so far. However, sources close to him say that he has already started preparations for an effective debut. Every month he spends at least 10 days touring different parts of Bihar, sources said, but he keeps his travel under the radar.