Jignesh Mevani accuses Modi government of suppressing issues of unemployment, corruption, poverty

Jignesh Mevani protest in Delhi LIVE: Police deny permission but Dalit leader may hold rally at Parliament Street

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani's show of strength in Delhi

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.

Delhi Police chief spokesperson Dependra Pathak said there was no question of granting the permission to hold the protest at Parliament Street in view of the NGT order last October that bans all agitations at the Jantar Mantar. The rally, however, evoked a boring response with barely 400 people attending it. We are the believers of love. We are not love jihad guys. The Yuva Hunkar rally is meant to seek the release of Chandrashekhar Azad, a Dalit leader, who was arrested last June over the caste clashes in Saharanpur, in which two persons were killed and at least 20 people were injured. "We will celebrate April 14 (Ambedkar Jayanti) and February 14 (Valentine's Day)".

However, earlier on January 5, Mevani denied of making inflammatory speech in Pune.

Mevani termed the Delhi Police's denial of permission for the rally as "Gujarat model" of politics.

""The 125 crore people of this country are watching that someone is not being allowed to speak for merely demanding the release of Chandrashekhar Azad, effective implementation of the Constitution and two crore jobs to the youth" said Mevani adding that 'If an elected representative does not have the right to do so, then this is Gujarat model".

The Dalit leader has been accused of inciting mob in Bhima Koregaon, Pune, which later spread to the entire Maharashtra. Later speaking at the gathering, Mevani targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The lawmaker from Gujarat's Vadgaon, who won the recent assembly elections with the support of the Congress, has denied the accusations. Speaking at a press conference in Delhi on Friday, he had said that he meant to knock at the PM's door with two books, the Manusmriti and the Constitution, "and ask him what he chooses".

All across Jantar Mantar, the police are patrolling and have been designated to stay there, they are also present at the Parliament street, which became the position of the protest after the police declined to give access to the Green Court.

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