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Why atrocities on Dalits, minorities, farmers? Mevani to PM in Delhi rally

He also charged the BJP and RSS with instigating anti-Dalit violence in Bhima Koregaon in Maharasthra.

Agencies  |  New Delhi 

Jignesh Mevani, Gujpoll
File photo of Jignesh Mevani

on Tuesday attacked Modi asking why atrocities were being committed against Dalits, minorities and farmers in and charged the and with instigating anti-violence in in Maharasthra.

"The way in which Hardik (Patel), Alpesh (Thakore) and Jignesh (Mevani) with the support of the youth in brought the down from over 150 seats (target set by in Gujarat) to 99 seats... That is the reason we are being targetted," Mevani told his Yuva Hunkar rally in New

"And this is the reason why the people of the (Rashtriya Swayamsewak) Sangh and spread violence in Bhima Koregaon," he said, referring to the violence that broke out in near Pune last week in which one person lost his life and several vehicles were damaged.

The rally for which the Police had originally denied permission was held at Jantar Mantar, a short distance from Parliament House in central But Mevani and his supporters shelved plans to take out a procession to the Prime Minister's Office.

The newly elected MLA also said that when he fought elections in he always spoke about bringing people together.

"Throughout the election campaign, we said that for 22 years the followed the politics of division, while we always spoke about binding people together," he said. "We don't follow love-jihad."

"We only talk about love and harmony. We will celebrate April 14 and Valentine's Day too," he said.

Referring to the violence that marked the 200th anniversary of the battle in Pune last week, he asked: "Why the violence took place in

"I don't have to answer it but you have to answer me... This you have to answer why Rs 15 lakh didn't come in everyone's account, why no jobs to youth? Why farmers were shot dead in Mandsaur? Why no justice to the Una victims? Why went missing? Why died? We'll ask all these questions from you, (Narendra) Modiji."

Mevani, who won from Vadgam in in Assembly elections, said elected representatives were not allowed to speak and that was Gujarat's model.

Further targeting Modi, Mevani said he supported the government's "Digital India" initiative but asked the to ensure a technology first "so that no one is made to die inside a sewer".

He also sought an immediate release of founder -- a who has been jailed and the Security Act (NSA) slapped against him for allegdly instigating violence in Saharanpur in June last year.

Former student said the rally had been called "to protect the Constitution and not for any religion".

He alleged that the was creating communal divisions to rule.

"The does not want 'Ram Rajya'... In the fight between Allah and Ram, the victory will always go to Nathuram (Godse)," said the student

Earlier, scores of people gathered around the barricaded Parliament Street for the protest march planned by Mevani.

"No permission has been given to anyone (to hold a rally)," of Police told reporters here.

The lawmaker slammed the police and the central government for denying permission to the protest.

"An is not allowed to speak... This is extremely unfortunate."

Some 1,500 security personnel in riot gear, with and water cannons, were deployed on Parliament Street. As many as 42 organisation -- parties, associations and student groups -- took part in the rally.

First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 09:25 IST