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BJP doesn’t give water to Banaskantha since it voted for Congress: Jignesh Mevani

This was for the first time that Mevani arrived in Banaskantha after he joined the Congress along with former JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar in the presence of Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.

Written by Vaibhav Jha | Palanpur |
Updated: October 25, 2021 2:10:50 am
Jignesh Mevani had won the Vadgam constituency as an independent candidate with the help of the Congress in 2017 | Express photo

The BJP has been meting out step-motherly treatment on Banaskantha because the Congress won six of the nine seats in the Vidhan Sabha elections in 2017, said Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani on Sunday.

“The BJP government is deliberately keeping Banaskantha devoid of water supply because the Congress has a presence here. Banaskantha has derived its name from the river Banas but if one goes to Tharad, Vav, Dantiwada, Dhanera, Vadgam or Palanpur talukas, there is acute water shortage. There is no talk of providing employment, farmers don’t get electricity and workers don’t get work under MNREGA. Today, I have taken a pledge to further strengthen the party and save our constitution and democracy,” said the legislator who was being felicitated on his first visit to the district after joining the Congress.

He further claimed that a large number of Muslims from Vadgam were harassed during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). “I just want to tell them ‘waqt aane de bata denge tujhe aye aasman, hum abhi se kya bataye kya hamare dil me hai’,” Mevani said, quoting from the Urdu patriotic poem ‘Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna’ by Bismil Azimabadi.

He also targeted the ruling dispensation on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident. “With great pain, I remember the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri where the government, being the true progeny of the RSS, mowed down the farmers. Never have we seen such a barbaric incident in the history of independent India. This is their true ideology. Suppressing the voice of farmers and labourers, and dividing Hindus and Muslims,” he charged.

Mevani further highlighted the issues of inflation and unemployment. “Inflation is at its peak. Even today, a survey says that at least 40 per cent of the working labour class in Gujarat cannot even afford milk for tea consumption; 57 per cent of them go to the doctor only when there is no alternative. There are 30 crore unemployed people in India. This government cannot even afford to give jobs to their own people in the BJP and RSS,” Mevani said.

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) working president Hardik Patel said it is not the time to stay quiet. “Shastra says that with the rise of injustice, one has to stand up and fight against it. Today, the BJP, which has been in power in Gujarat for near three decades, has been harassing the poor, farmers, youth and women. We have to raise our voice, be on the streets and fight polls to save Gujarat. Many people say that it is difficult. But I would like to say that it was the people of Banaskantha who gave six of the nine seats to the Congress and in the coming elections, they will give us all the nine seats and we will form a government in Gandhinagar. The people of Gujarat are unhappy with the BJP government, be it the death of three lakh people in the pandemic or unemployment or rising inflation and petrol prices,” he said.

Patel emphasised that truth will win at the end of the day. “Many people say that this government harasses us, lodges fake cases against us and sends us to jail. I tell them there is no better example than me. I have 32 criminal cases lodged against me, was jailed for nine months, convicted for two years in jail and banned from contesting elections. I haven’t entered Mehsana for the past six years. But I also say that they can only harass us but the truth will always triumph,” he said.

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