Mevani slams PM, says BJP govt. 'threat to democracy'

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"If an elected representative does not have the right to do so, then this is Gujarat model", Mevani said while addressing the Yuva Hunkar Rally in New Delhi.

The Parliament Street on Tuesday witnessed crowds demanding the release of Chandrashekhar Azad - the founder of the Dalit outfit Bhim Army who was arrested in June 2016 from Himachal Pradesh because he was named the main accused in Thakur-Dalit clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district. Assam's farmer leader Akhil Gogoi and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan also attended the rally.

Azad (30) was arrested in June a year ago from Himachal Pradesh as he is the main accused in Thakur-Dalit clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district.

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani speaks to the media before his rally in Delhi
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani speaks to the media before his rally in Delhi

Although the authorities had maintained until the last minute that Mevani and his supporters did not have permission to hold the event, the rally organisers, however, went on with the event and were not stopped by the Delhi Police. Why was Rohith Vemula killed?

Reacting to Minister of State MoS, Anantkumar Hegde's remarks on the Constitution, Mevani said, "We believe in the constitution and will protect it".

Mewani, following the Pune violence on Dalits, warned: "On January 9, I will hold the Constitution in one hand and Manu Smiriti in other hand and would like to ask Modi whether this country runs on the Constitution or the Manu Smriti (ancient Hindu legal text)".

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Stating that he and others with him wanted to save the Constitution and democracy, Mevani said, "The BJP can charge us with fake cases, but we will continue to stand for Constitution and speak the language of love".

"I believe in the politics of unity".

The emerging Dalit icon also said that Prime Minister posed threat to democracy and country's constitution. "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. "We don't follow love-jihad".

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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.

"No matter how much difficulty you undergo in life or anger you have, do not get into their trap", he said. "It is the Congress which has spread hatred in the country for the longest period", he told reporters, using the Congress's association with Mevani to launch an attack on Rahul Gandhi.

"To divert the anger of the Marathas who have been suffering due to farmer distress, the RSS-BJP played them against the Dalits at Bhima-Koregaon incident".

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