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Vehicle in Mevani's convoy attacked, he blames BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani today alleged that supporters attacked his convoy when he was campaigning, a charge denied by the ruling party.

The 34-year-old is contesting the polls from Vadagam in Banaskantha district as an independent candidate with outside support of the

The constituency, around 200km from here, is reserved for SC candidates.

Police said one of the vehicles in his convoy was hit by a stone, damaging its window, but no one was injured.

"A vehicle in Mevani's convoy was hit by a stone but nobody was injured. Mevani was in another vehicle. We will initiate whatever legal proceedings are required in the matter," said Banaskantha SP Niraj Badgujar.

Mevani said the was scared of him and that's why it was resorting to such acts.

"Friends, supporters of the today attacked me at Takarwada village. The is scared and therefore it is resorting to such acts. But I am a revolutionary, will not get scared," Mevani wrote on Twitter in Hindi.

In another tweet, he asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi if it was "your idea or (chief) Amit Shah's to attack those who are winning election, because this is not Gujarat's tradition".

However, the denied Mevani's allegations.

spokesperson Jagdish Bhavsar said his party had nothing to do with the attack on Mevani's convoy.

"These are false allegations. Even our Chief Minister (Vijay Rupani) has said we should celebrate this festival of democracy (elections) in right spirit and not indulge in violence," Bhavsar said.

Mevani is pitted against Vijay Chakravarthi of the The seat is currently held by Manibhai Vaghela of the

The had asked Vaghela not to contest from the seat "as part of an agreement" with the Dalit leader.

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First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 23:35 IST