Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani’s ‘Yuva Hunkaar’ rally began on Tuesday at Parliament Street, even as the Delhi Police maintained that no permission had been granted for the same.
The rally, which began around 1 p.m., saw a modest turnout, reports PTI.
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“Will practice politics of joining the country”
“Whenever Modi visited Ahmedabad, they used to detain me. Now I have come to Delhi and they are trying to detain me again. The BJP has only practised politics of breaking the country. I will practise politics of joining the country,” says Mr. Mevani. ”The youth in Gujarat stopped the BJP at 99 seats. The same will happen across the country. We will fight our battle with songs of love and fight in accordance with the rules of the Constitution.”
Mr. Mevani asserts that he will fight for justice for Dalits and Adivasis in the Gujarat Assembly as well as on the streets. Holding up both the Constitution and the Manusmriti, he asks Prime Minister Narendra Modi which one he wants to follow. “You attack me as much as you want, I will stick to the Constitution,” PTI reports Mr. Mevani as saying.
“Want education, jobs and a dignified life”
Former JNU student leader Shehla Rashid says movements happen with or without permission. “The media and police kept saying yesterday that the rally would be cancelled as there is no permission. Andolan happens with or without permission,” she states.
”We education, jobs and a dignified life. This is the revolution that the youth will bring,” she says.
RTI activist Akhil Gogoi says a national programme is needed to get rid of the BJP-RSS government. “Twelve States in India had special status after the BJP government came into being, the autonomy of these States was compromised. Our voices are silenced because we speak against BJP and RSS. We fight the fight on the streets,” he adds.
“Language of trolls should not be our language”
Former JNU student body leader Kanhaiya Kumar says:
“Jignesh Mevani can tease Prime Minister Modi but in this country people cannot tease corporates. The TV is censored. The language of trolls should not be our language. We should not spread hate. We come here in peace, we don’t want to hate. We want social justice, not the strengthening of corporates.
“We are here to fight for democracy and raise the voices of those who fear to speak. The youth has studied on taxpayer money and we will now rise to speak against injustice and do public service and look out for each other when the going gets tough.”
Student leaders demand justice for Rohit Vemula
Various other student leaders speak out against the Modi government and demand justice for Rohit Vemula, Najeeb Ahmed and the release of Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad.
The ‘Modi Bubble’ has burst but student movements across the country have exposed the Modi government for not delivering on ‘Vikas’, says Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid. “The government wants to reduce subsidy on education but give business incentives to Adani and Ambani.”
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan is present along with students from JNU, Delhi University, Lucknow University and Allahabad University, among others.
Mr. Bhushan says his generation had failed to bring social equality in the nation. “It is now time for the youth to fight the battle,” he adds.
Around 2,000 security personnel, including paramilitary forces, are deployed in connection with the rally.
A senior officer from New Delhi district told that additional forces from other districts of the city have been called in.