New Delhi, Jan 9: Newly-elected Gujarat legislator and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani has called for ‘Yuva Hunkaar Rally’ in the national capital today. The Delhi Police has denied permission for ‘Yuva Hunkaar Rally’, but Jignesh Mevani and his supporters seem adamant on defying the order. The ‘Yuva Hunkaar Rally’ is planned to be addressed by Mevani along with Assam peasant leader Akhil Gogoi. Also Read - Delhi Odd-even Scheme: It Will be Our 'Last Weapon' to Fight Air Pollution, Says Kejriwal Govt
“No permission granted so far by Delhi Police to hold proposed protest at Parliament Street in view of NGT orders. Organisers have been constantly advised to go to alternate site, which they are reluctant to accept,” the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), New Delhi, tweeted last night. However, messages on WhatsApp and social networking sites said the rally would take place at the designated time and location. Also Read - The Internet Helped 'Baba ka Dhaba' & Now 'Rotiwali Amma' From Agra Awaits Similar Support; Make it Happen!
Former JNU vice-president and student leader Shehla Rashid also tweeted in response to the DCP’s tweet saying that the rally would be held on Parliament Street. Lawyer and former AAP leader Prashant Bhushan also took on Delhi Police for denying permission to Jignesh Mevani‘s rally that the NGT’s order, banning protests at Jantar Mantar, was not applicable for Parliament Street. Any attempt to stop the Yuva Rally would be a violation of the fundamental rights, he added.
Organisers of ‘Yuva Hunkaar Rally’ alleged that the authorities had been trying to stop the event since it had been announced. Former JNUSU President Mohit Kumar Pandey told PTI, “There has been a lot of attempts to stop this event and even some media houses are spreading wrong information that the permission for the rally has been denied.”
Posters Against Jignesh Mevani Appear in Delhi:
Several posters were placed by unknown persons at Parliament Street against Jignesh Mevani. Calling Mevani ‘bhagoda’, the posters accused the Dalit leader of making provocative speeches, having links with Maoists and stoking caste-based violence. Pune Police have registered an FIR against Mevani and JNU student leader Umar Khalid for allegedly inciting passions between communities.
The developments came in the wake of a series of disturbances in Maharashtra starting with the desecration of a monument in Vadhu Budruk on December 29, followed by the riots in Koregaon-Bhima that left one dead on January 1, the ‘Maharashtra Shutdown’ that killed a boy and left a trail of destruction across the state.