Ahmedabad: Firebrand activist and first-time legislator Jignesh Mevani will hold rallies and meeting in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Delhi in the coming weeks as he kicks off his action plan to dislodge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for 2019.
“I have a tight schedule for the coming month. Right now I am in Mumbai, and I will come to Ahmedabad on 4 January. On the 5th, I’ll be in Vadgam, 6th GLF (Gujarat Literature Festival in Ahmedabad), on 7th at Jalgaon (in Maharashtra), 8-9-10 Delhi, 11th at Vadgam, 12th Lunawada…” said Mevani, who was elected as an independent candidate from the Vadgam constituency that is reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs) in the recent Gujarat assembly polls, while on a visit to Mumbai. The Dalit rights activist was recently in the Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra, where riots broke out after an event to mark 200 years of the Battle of Koregaon.
Mevani, who was supported by the opposition Congress party in the Gujarat elections, said he is working without any breaks. Two days after the election results, he submitted a memorandum to the Banaskantha district authorities demanding the construction of roads in the interior villages that fall in his constituency.
On the same day, the Vadgam legislator suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi retire and “go to the Himalayas,” drawing reactions from across the political spectrum.