Hitesh Chavda, Gandhinagar: The Bharatiya Janata Party was routed in the assembly elections of five states, i.e. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram. The Congress was successful in snatching power away from the saffron party in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, while MP saw them hanging by the skin of their teeth. Several factors came into play in BJP's defeat, one of them being Jignesh Mevani's relentless campaigning in these states to sway the voters against the ruling party.
Mevani campaigned extensively in MP and Rajasthan, holding about 50 rallies addressing people not to vote for the BJP. Though he never asked the voters to vote for any specific party, the idea was to dethrone the saffron party from power in these states.
In an earlier conversation with MeraNews, the Vadgam MLA had said that 25,000 voters from the Dalit community had vowed not to vote for the BJP in the Rajasthan Assembly elections. In his rallies, Mevani viciously attacked PM Modi and his government over its failures in providing jobs to the youth, injustice to the Dalit victims of atrocities like the one in Una, Gujarat, inflation and rising prices of fuel. He was joined by other prominent leaders like Patidar leader Hardik Patel, former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, etc. Mevani had even toured the Southern belt of the country with actor and activist Prakash Raj in his campaign against Modi.
The ruling party, aware of Mevani's prominence amongst not just with Dalits but other communities too, tried to stop him multiple times from entering Rajasthan to campaign. He was detained at the Jaipur airport once and section 144 was imposed in of the places where he was to hold a rally in Rajasthan. Even the Karnataka government had tried to stop him from entering the state.
But as the results have come in on Wednesday, it is clear that Mevani's rallies too contributed its part in BJP's humiliation in these states