Modi govt poses threat to democracy, Constitution: Mevani

Modi govt poses threat to democracy, Constitution: Mevani

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 boring response at Delhi's Parliament Street.

Thumbing his nose at the Delhi police, which did not give official permission to the "Yuva Hunkar" (roar of the youth) rally held to demand the release of UP Dalit activist Chandrashekhar Azad, Mevani used the platform to attack Modi over the "Gujarat model" of politics. Heavy security has still enveloped the rally, with nearly 15 thousand security police, who have been equipped with water cannons and tear gas bombs to be prepared for any violent situation that arise from the rally.

Azad, 30, was arrested under the tough National Security Act over Thakur-Dalit clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district previous year. The newly elected MLA also said that when he fought elections in Gujarat he always spoke about bringing people together. Referring to the violence that marked the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune last week, he asked: "Why the violence took place in Bhima Koregaon?" You have to answer why Rohit Vemula was killed. We do not believe in love jihad. "We will celebrate April 14 and Valentine's Day too", he said. "We don't follow love-jihad".

""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".

Ahead of today's rally, Mr Mevani had criticized the Prime Minister in strong terms, accusing him of failing to speak out against the atrocities Dalits are facing.

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Apart from Mevani, Assam peasant leader Akhil Gogoi is also expected to address the rally today. He also questioned since when Delhi became such undemocratic.

Delhi Police had not given permission to the rally. Mevani has said repeatedly that he does not want to indulge in violence with the police and is only present there to hold a peaceful protest.

Kumar alleged that the BJP-RSS was known for "violence" and spreading "hatred" and appealed to the young "not to fall into their trap".

Around 2,000 security personnel, including paramilitary forces, with water cannon vehicles were deployed in connection with the rally.

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