Police deny permission but Dalit leader may hold rally at Parliament Street

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Heavy security has been deployed ahead of Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani's "Yuva Hunkar Rally", to be held here at Parliament Street on Tuesday. 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.

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.

An FIR has been filed against the organisers of "Elgaar Parishad" an event where Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid gave speech on December 31 in Pune. "We don't follow love-jihad". We were just going to demonstrate democratically and peacefully.

The rally has been organized to demand the release of Chandrashekhar Azad, the founder of Dalit group Bhim Army.

In his first rally in the Capital after becoming an elected representative, Mr. Mevani said the BJP has only practised the politics of breaking the country but he would act as a sewing machine by sticking to constitutional values and practising "politics of love" to unite the nation. Alpesh Thakor, Hardik Patel and I are being targeted because we demolished the BJP's pride and arrogance in Gujarat. "BJP isn't a party, it's like a brand new washing machine, where something goes in but comes out sparkling clean. Not asking about Lalu, but what about Sukhram's son or Mukul Roy?" he said. We don't have crowds, I agree. "He wants to see youth of the nation getting jobs", Mevani said targeting the Centre and the BJP. "Twelve States in India had special status after the BJP government came into being, the autonomy of these States was compromised. We fight the fight on the streets", he said.

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. Almost 15,000 security personnel - armed with water cannons and tear gas - were deployed in areas near Jantar Mantar and Parliament Street in the national capital to prevent protesters from carrying out a march to the Parliament building.

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