Mevani satisfied with turnout despite anti-rally campaign

Posted January 10, 2018

"You have to answer why millions of people are not getting jobs despite promises", he said. 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.

Mevani, who emerged victorious from Vadgam in Gujarat in Assembly elections, said elected representatives were not permitted to speak and that was Gujarat's model. Mevani was reported to hold a rally demanding Dalit rights and release of Chandrashekhar after the government was accused of perpetrating violence against Dalits in Pune violence last week. The newly elected Gujarat legislator shared the stage with JNU student leaders, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid.

His supporters had turned up at the Delhi rally with posters bearing his image.

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The rally, held in Parliament Street in the heart of the national capital, where prohibitory orders are in force through the year, was organised to underline issues like educational rights, employment, livelihood, gender and social justice.

"I believe in politics of unity". We do not believe in love jihad. Alpesh Thakore, Hardik Patel and I are being targeted because we demolished their (BJP) pride and arrogance and crushed BJP's target of 150 seats in Gujarat...

A large section of students from universities and colleges in Delhi, women's groups, teachers' associations and activists associated with Mevani from across the country are expected to attend the rally. "BJP isn't a party, it's like a brand new washing machine, where something goes in but comes out sparkling clean". We don't have crowds, I agree. He said that it was an unfortunate situation and felt that the government was unfairly targeting him.

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"Twelve States in India have special status but after the BJP government came to power in the Centre, the autonomy of these States was compromised". Our voices are silenced because we speak against BJP and RSS.

Some 1,500 security personnel in riot gear, with tear gas launchers and water cannons, were deployed on Parliament Street. He also questioned since when Delhi became such undemocratic.

A senior officer from New Delhi district told PTI that additional forces from other districts of the city have been called in.

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