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Yuva Hunkaar Rally live updates: Real issues being swept under carpet, says Jignesh Mevani

Mevani was speaking in Delhi at the Yuva Hunkaar rally called to demand the release of Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad. Photograph: DNA

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2018, 09.49 AM (IST)

Jan 09, 2018, 12.49 PM

Can an elected representative not even talk about the Constitution and employment for youth: Mevani on defying prohibitory orders

You attack me as much as you want, I will stick to the Constitution: Mevani

Jan 09, 2018, 12.02 PM

The rally raised the demand for the release of Dalit outfit Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad

Azad, 30, the main accused in the Dalit-Thakur clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, was arrested in June last year from Himachal Pradesh

The rally also sought to lay stress on issues like educational rights, employment, livelihood, and gender justice.


Jan 09, 2018, 11.58 AM

JNU student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid, and Umar Khalid were present at the rally

Assam farmers leader Akhil Gogoi and senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan were also present

Jan 09, 2018, 11.56 AM

The rally saw a modest turnout because of heavy security. The police had initially refused to give permission for the holding of the rally but PTI reported that the rally organisers and the police later came to some sort of arrangement

Jan 09, 2018, 11.40 AM

Mevani says real issues of corruption, poverty, and unemployment are being swept under the carpet and ghar wapasi, love jihad, and cows are being given space. We stand against that, he says. 

Jan 09, 2018, 09.51 AM



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Jan 09, 2018, 09.49 AM

Delhi Police have so far refused to give permission to new Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani to hold his Yuva Hunkaar rally at Parliament Street. 

Police said the permission had not been granted because of the National Green Tribunal's recent orders prohibiting rallies at Jantar Mantar. Police said they had asked Mevani to head to an "alternate site". 

But news reports said Tuesday that Mevani and a number of other student leaders had reached Parliament Street. 

The reports added that some 500 to 600 people had gathered at the site. Some 2,000 security personnel, including paramiltary forces, have meanwhile been deployed in the capital because of the rally. 

News reports added that police had deployed water cannons at the site. 

Mevani's Yuva Hunkaar rally is meant to address the question of social justice. 

Mevani, a Dalit leader, had recently won the Vadgam seat in the Gujarat assembly elections as an independent candidate.