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Mevani should not take support of Maoism people: Athawale

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

and RPI (A) today blasted Jignesh Mevani, saying the latter was putting in "danger" and that he should stop taking the "support of people".

The also adviced Mevani, who is championing himself as the new age leader, to stop making "provocative speeches" and instead work for bringing people together.

"is a youth from our community. He has become an That is good. But, if he is a true Amedkarite, he should not take the support of people of Maoism, Naxalism, and Marxism. I feel protection would not happen by giving provocative speeches. Mevani is doing the work of putting in danger," the of State for Social Justice and told reporters here in reply to a query.

Athawale said he had already given a statement that the recent violence in Koregaon Bhima in had nothing to do with Mevani's speech when an allegation was levelled against the latter.

"It would not help if Mevani gives provocative speeches. He should talk about bringing the society together. He should not speak nonsense. He should speak sense," he said.

One person was killed in the caste violence between two groups near Koregaon Bhima village in district on January 1 during the bicentennial event to commemorate the victory of the British forces, comprising Dalits, on the of Peshwa Bajirao II.

view the battle as the defeat of "casteism" as Peshwas, who represented 'Chhatrapti' (Maratha king), were Brahmins.

The mobs had damaged and torched several vehicles and shops on Besides, houses of local residents were also ransacked.

Preceding the Koregaon Bhima incident, an "Elgaar" parishad (conference) was held at historic Shaniwarwada, the erstwhile headquarters of Peshwas, in on December 31.

A string of speakers including Mevani, JNU student leader Umar Khalid, late Rohit Vemula's mother Radhika Vemula, Prakash Ambedkar, and members of group (KKM) had attended that conference.

The police had booked Mevani, Khalid, and KKM members for making "provocative" speeches and creating a rift between two communities during the Shaniwarwada event.

At the Yuva Hunkar' rally held in on January 9, Mevani had called the a "threat" to democracy and the Constitution.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 20:30 IST