Mewani's Hunkar rally underway in Delhi's Parliament Street

  • Mewani's Hunkar rally underway in Delhi's Parliament Street

Mewani's Hunkar rally underway in Delhi's Parliament Street

In a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday, newly elected legislator in Gujarat Assembly Jignesh Mevani said he will stand guard against the politics of hatred and division, and stick to constitutional values and the "politics of love". Mevani stated real issues like corruption, poverty and unemployment are given less importance instead issues involving Ghar Wapasi, love jihad and cows are given space.

"I believe in the politics of unity". "We don't follow love-jihad".

Azad was arrested under the tough National Security Act (NSA) over Thakur-Dalit clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district a year ago.

"I want to ask him: what do you choose - Manusmriti or the Constitution", he said.

Although the authorities had maintained until the last minute that Mevani and his supporters did not have permission to hold the event, the rally organisers, however, went on with the event and were not stopped by the Delhi Police. His supporters turned up at the rally with posters bearing his image.

Though the crowd at the rally was thin with most chairs empty, Former and current JNU student leaders, including Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid and Umar Khalid were present on the stage, metres away from the Parliament Street Police Station.

"The way in which Hardik (Patel), Alpesh (Thakore) and Jignesh (Mevani) with the support of the youth in Gujarat brought the BJP down from over 150 seats (target set by BJP in Gujarat) to 99 seats". We don't have crowds, I agree.

"Throughout the election campaign we said that for 22 years the BJP followed the politics of division, while we always spoke about binding people together", he said.

Mr. Kumar said that the students of the country who have received education with the help of the taxpayers' money will now rise to fight for democracy and raise the voices on behalf of those who fear to speak as they are being silenced. "Twelve States in India had special status after the BJP government came into being, the autonomy of these States was compromised. Now farmers, the youth, and Dalits are on streets against hate conspiracy", De said.

According to officials, 1,500 security personnel in riot gear, with tear gas launchers and water cannons, have been deployed on Parliament Street, which connects Connaught Place with the Parliament House.

Assam farmers leader Akhil Gogoi and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan were also present apart from students from JNU, Delhi University, Lucknow University and Allahabad University among others. Additional forces from other states had also been called in.