Mevani's request for Delhi rally not granted so far

Mevani's request for Delhi rally not granted so far

The "Yuva Hunkar Rally" by Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, aimed at raising issues like social justice, unemployment and atrocities against Dalits and release of Bhim Army's founder Chandrashekhar Azad, today began to a tiresome response at Delhi's Parliament Street. "The way corruption, poverty, unemployment and the real issues are being swept under the carpet and ghar wapasi, love jihad and cows are being given space, we stand against that".

An FIR has been filed against the organisers of "Elgaar Parishad" an event where Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid gave speech on December 31 in Pune. Mevani has said repeatedly that he does not want to indulge in violence with the police and is only present there to hold a peaceful protest. "No permission has been given to anyone (to hold a rally)", Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhary told reporters here.

"If an elected representative does not have the right to do so, then this is Gujarat model", Mevani said to the crowd comprising student activists from Delhi, Lucknow and Allahabad and other places.

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. "Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani crushed BJP's target of 150 seats in Gujarat and that is why I am being targetted", he said. "The presence of a youth leader from a Dalit family is also necessary", Mevani said. The rally demanded the release of Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad who was arrested previous year in connection with the Dalit-Thakur clashes in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His supporters turned up with posters bearing his image.

Former JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar launched a scathing attack against the BJP. Of the 282 MPs, 109 MPs have serious crimes allegations against them. We don't have crowds, I agree. The newly elected MLA also said that when he fought elections in Gujarat he always spoke about bringing people together. He also questioned since when Delhi became such undemocratic. Some 1,500 security personnel in riot gear, with tear gas launchers and water cannons, were deployed on Parliament Street. Additional forces from other states had also been called in.