“The BJP is showing its true colours now. Over the months they will talk of development, but in the last lap they will bare their fangs and brazenly polarise the electorate,” Jignesh Mevani said
Addressing mediapersons on Saturday, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra claimed that SDPI had confirmed giving Jignesh Mevani election funds.
The Indian Express spoke to Mevani over the phone. He discussed his plans and the impact that he, Patidar leader Hardik Patel and OBC leader Alpesh Thakor are making on the polls.
The non-bailable warrant against Mevani is for failing to appear for a hearing in connection with a case for stopping Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express during a protest in January this year.
The Congress has supported Mevani’s candidature and asked its sitting MLA Manibhai Vaghela not to contest from the seat as part of an agreement reached with the Dalit leader.
In a recent development, Vignesh Mevani has announced that he will be contesting as an independent candidate from Banaskantha’s Vadgam for the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections 2017.
Jignesh Mevani will be filing his nomination at around 12.30 pm on Monday.
Jignesh Mevani said the defeat of the BJP on its “turf” Gujarat was necessary to oust the party from power at the Centre in 2019
According to sources in the Sangh Parivar, RSS members will reach out to voters, especially youths, through one-on-one meetings as well as through social media.
Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani even slammed those who trolled him on social media, inquiring when his ‘CD’ will be released
“Today, I have got a commando with a machine gun, though I did not ask for it. When I asked (the policeman) if it was for surveillance, he said yes sir. This speaks a lot of the current situation in the state,” Mevani said
Ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Gujarat on Wednesday, Jignesh Mevani termed news reports of him meeting the Congress vice-president as “wrong”.
The Congress also said there was no plan yet of a meeting between Jignesh Mevani and Gandhi during the latter’s three-day campaign tour of the state from tomorrow
Congress’s invite to Hardik Patel and Mevani comes a day after its state unit president Bharatsinh Solanki extended open invitation to Patel, Mevani and Thakor to join the party to ensure the ruling BJP’s defeat.
Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani was also detained from his residence in Ahmedabad in the morning to prevent him from taking part in the protest.