Modi govt poses threat to democracy, Constitution: Mevani

Delhi Police cancels Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani's public meet over 'security concerns'

Terming the BJP as a "threat" to India, student leaders, newly-elected Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mavani and activists including Prashant Bhushan led the "Yuva Hunkar Rally" here on Tuesday.

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.

Several youth leaders from across the country joined Akhil Gogoi, Manoj Manzil, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Shehla Rashid and Vinay Ratan from the Bhim Army to express the way in which "attempts were being made by the government to silence them" as they were demanding a dignified life for all. He also questioned since when Delhi became such undemocratic.

The rally was oragnised to raise the demand for the release of Dalit outfit Bhim Army's founder Chandrashekhar Azad who was arrested in June past year from Himachal Pradesh in connection with the Thakur-Dalit clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district.

Although authorities had maintained till the last minute that Mevani and his supporters did not have permission to hold the event, it seems the rally organisers and Delhi Police reached a compromise later. "You (Modi) have to answer why Rohit Vemula was killed".

Mevani said he knows how to speak the language of "love".

"I believe in politics of unity". Alpesh Thakore, Hardik Patel and I are being targeted because we demolished their (BJP) pride and arrogance in Gujarat.


The organisers said after the rally, a delegation will walk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official residence at Lok Kalyan Marg to hand over a copy of the Indian Constitution and the "Manusmriti" to him, and ask him to choose between the two. We do not believe in love jihad.

Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who also addressed the gathering, was welcomed by supporters with his trademark Azadi slogans seeking freedom from all forms of socio-economic and political ills.

The BJP reacted sharply to the rally, with Union minister and party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad saying that it was the Congress which had "spread hatred" in the country. "But the government is targeting us", Mevani told reporters before arriving at the venue.

Speakers from various states narrated tales of atrocities and vowed to fight what they called BJP-RSS "fascism".

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?"

"This is like Modi's niyat", he said, to the crowd's loud cheers.

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