Jaipur, Apr 16 (PTI) Rajasthan minister Rajendra Rathore today said Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani was prevented from attending a public meeting in Nagaur district as he has a background of giving “provoking” speeches. Mevani, an Independent legislator from Gujarat’s Vadgam constituency, was yesterday stopped by the police at the airport here from attending the meeting at Merta town.

The minister said, “Mevani has tried to disturb social harmony by giving provoking speeches in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Therefore, looking at his background, he was stopped from attending the Nagaur meeting.” The organisers of the meeting are associated with the Congress, the Rural Development and Panchayti Raj Minister said at a press conference here.

“Opposition parties will not be allowed to disturb social harmony of the peace loving state, Rathore said.

On Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s recent midnight march at Delhi’s India gate against the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, he said Congress leaders should have held marches against the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder, and the massacre in the 1984-riots.

The minister also highlighted the achievement of the BJP government in Rajasthan, saying most of the promises made during the Suraj Sankalp Yatra was fulfilled by the Vasundhara Raje dispensation.

The Yatra was taken out before the last Assembly elections in the state by Raje.

Rathore claimed that over 13 lakh youths were given jobs and recruitment for 1.80 lakh vacancies in the government sector had been completed.

The minister said the state government is serious on sensitive issues such as rape and has made stricter provisions for such crimes.

He claimed that rape cases have declined in the state in 2017 as compared to 2016.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.