Newly-elected Gujarat MLA and Dalit spearhead Jignesh Mevani on Tuesday held his ‘Yuva Hunkar’ rally at Parliament Street in Delhi, amidst heavy police security.
During the rally, Mevani launched a scathing attack at PM Modi and asked him to break his silence on the recent Bhima-Koregaon violence.
“It is you who has to answer the reason behind violence on Dalits, violence in Saharanpur, in Bhima Koregaon. You have to answer why Rohit Vemula was killed. You have to answer why people are not getting the money that is in the foreign accounts of Indians. You have to answer why millions of people are not getting jobs despite promises,” Mevani said.
However, despite not having the permission, Mevani decided to proceed with the rally, which forced Delhi police to deploy around two-thousand police personnel armed with water cannons and tear gas.
Terming the situation as “unfortunate,” the Gujarat MLA said, “Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani crushed BJP’s target of 150 seats in Gujarat and that is why I am being targeted.”
Mevani also took a dig at BJP and right-wing groups over alleged "Love Jihad" and moral policing to spoil Valentine's Day celebrations.
"We believe in India's polity. We are not love jihad guys. We're pyaar ishq muhabbat guys. We will celebrate 14th February (Valentines' Day)," Jignesh Mevani said as crowd cheers loudly.
The ‘Yuva Hunkar’ rally was organised to raise the demand for the release of Dalit organisation Bhim Army’s founder Chandrashekhar Azad.
Chandrashekhar Azad was arrested last year for allegedly triggering Thakur-Dalit clashes in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district.