Addressing a rally last week to commemorate this event, Mevani gave a speech that went viral on social media. Why is he silent when Dalits are attacked? They want the rule of violence. The protests also injured several others. Why isn't the Dalit safe in India?
Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh President Prakash Ambedkar said he and other leaders called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding the arrest and prosecution of Shivjagar Pratisthan President Sambhaji Bhide Guruji and Hindu Janjagruti Samiti President Milind Ekbote, against whom complaints have been lodged by Pune Police. The PM talks about "Make in India", about digital India about cashless society. We have the full video footage of the Elgaar Parishad. However, the police allegedly denied entry to the visitors citing "news doing the rounds about Umar Khalid and Jignesh Mewani for the past few days".
Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani and JNU student Umar Khalid were supposed to address the students at the event. The Centre's ruling BJP and its ideological mentor RSS also have indicted Mevani and the JNU brigade for the violence.
The complainant said that such inflammatory speeches can create a wedge and enmity between communities. He also ridiculed the police action against him. In fact it was my most progressive speech.
Meanwhile, as the tensions between Dalits and upper castes, mainly Marathas, entered the third day, Mumbai remained tense amid a massive bandh or strike called by Dalit groups and parties across Maharashtra. "So when I was neither present nor my speech was inflammatory so how could I instigate violence?" argued Mevani. The event was held to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Koregaon and the victory of the Mahar battalion against the Peshwas.
He said the BJP is "threatened by my growing popularity", and accused the party of "attacking me because they arrogantly thought they would win 150 seats in Gujarat and stopped at 99.and now are anxious about the 2019 national election". "Despite all this, when I am being targeted, I smell a conspiracy". Filing a frivolous case against a Dalit leader, won't that worsen matters? Bhalerao said that their medical reports were awaited.
However, when Mumbai police denied them permission for the event, Chhatra Bharati Students Organisation started protesting and declared that they will continue with the conference by taking it to streets. "But the abolition of the caste system will only come about by fighting on the streets", he said, calling for a "revolution".
"I am an elected representative". "Me or my organisation has never discriminated between Dalits and non-Dalits", he said.
File image of Jignesh Mevani.