About two and half months have passed, but the police have not approached me. There is a conspiracy to defame me. Action should be taken against the sister (Anita Salve) who claimed before mediapersons that she saw me pelting stones during the January 1 violence,” he said.
The rally was held to support to Dalit groups protesting for the past one month for their demands.
Jignesh mevani said, “I’m up in arms against the Sangh Parivar and the BJP. Wherever they are, be it in UP or Gujarat, they’re a force completely Fascist in nature, they’re culturally obnoxious, and responsible for innumerable economic disasters.”
Jignesh Mevani said,“This is a serious matter. Two top police people are indicating that I can be killed in an encounter. I am going to file a complaint to the DGP, the home minister and home secretary.”
Jignesh Mevani, a Dalit activist and an Independent MLA from Gujarat, is likely to address a rally of Dalits at Jind in Haryana on March 18.
Bhanubhai Vanakar, who had been agitating to get land alloted to two Dalit labourers in Patan district’s Dudhka village, had on Thursday set himself ablaze at the collector’s office.
The dispute began two weeks ago, after five Dalit families of Gitapura village sat on protest at the office of the mamlatdar in Detroj, seeking residential plots.
“We need to co-travel with other like-minded groups to defeat these forces,” Mevani said at an event to mark the birth anniversary of journalist Gauri Lankesh, killed last year.
“He really wanted to preserve the caste system, and why he paid lip service to the upliftment of untouchables is because Hindus needed a majority against Muslims for political representation in the British government,” Sujatha Gidla said.
Mevani is also excited about acting in a movie directed by Ranjith, who is known for challenging the status quo through his films.
Pressures of a different Dalit imagination are colliding against strategies of containment of an old politics
Reacting to the protests, Mevani said, “I welcome the protesters. It shows that I am a threat to the RSS and the BJP. It is an attempt by them and wherever I go they send such people.”
On Wednesday, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani visited Manda Krishna Madiga, a Dalit leader who is currently lodged in a prison in Hyderabad
“I also have the same feeling as (VHP leader) Pravin Togadia. The fascist forces are capable of killing anyone. There is a threat to my life as well. The BJP and RSS can kill me, and as per my sources, they definitely want to eliminate me,” Mevani said
As soon as the newsmen started getting ready for the event by arranging the microphones, Mevani asked the reporter of an English news channel to remove his equipment.