Jignesh Mevani Rally: Police denies permission, organisers say 'rally wahin karenge'

Henrietta Brewer
January 9, 2018

Jignesh Mevani, the face of new- found Dalit assertiveness in Gujarat, made his debut on the national political stage today with a rally here where he called the Modi government a "threat" to democracy and Constitution.Thumbing his nose at the Delhi police, which had declined permission for holding the "Yuva Hunkar" rally to demand the release of Dalit activist from Uttar Pradesh Chandrashekhar Azad, Mevani used the platform to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi over "Gujarat model" of politics. Mevani stated real issues like corruption, poverty and unemployment are given less importance instead issues involving Ghar Wapasi, love jihad and cows are given space.

When asked which tag suited him the best - a Dalit leader or a youth leader - the newly-elected Gujarat legislator said, he along with other youth leaders would rise above caste and religion and raise the issues the youth was facing across the country. The police had earlier said that Mevani's request was "under consideration".

Delhi Police had not given permission to the rally.

Organisers of the event said they would submit a copy of the "Manusmriti" and the Constitution to the prime minister, asking him to chose between the two. "The way in which Hardik (Patel), Alpesh (Thakore) and Jignesh (Mevani) with the support of the youth in Gujarat brought the BJP down from over 150 seats (target set by BJP in Gujarat) to 99 seats". We are not love jihad guys. "There's a looming threat to our democracy and Constitution today", he said. Read Also: Mevani: Dalit activist or long-term politician?

Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who also addressed the gathering, was welcomed by supporters with his trademark Azadi slogans seeking freedom from all forms of socio-economic and political ills. Of the 282 MPs, 109 MPs have serious crimes allegations against them.

The dalit leader alleged that the "false" F.I.R.is the brainchild of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiyia Janata Party (BJP).

According to officials, 1,500 security personnel in riot gear, with tear gas launchers and water cannons, have been deployed on Parliament Street, which connects Connaught Place with the Parliament House. He also questioned since when Delhi became such undemocratic. Additional forces from other states had also been called in.

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