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If this is the treatment given to an established and elected Dalit leader, imagine the state of the poor Dalits in the country, asked the Dalit leader.
MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani said on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must break his silence on the various attacks on Dalits under his watch.
Be it Una, Shabbirpur or Bhima-Koregaon he has not spoken against it, Mr. Mewani said.
In the case against him for inciting violence, Mr. Mevani said “I am being targeted by the BJP and the sangh as they have been shaken after being reduced to 99 seats in the Gujarat assembly. They are trying to tarnish my image. No part of my speech is inflammatory nor did I visit Bhima-Koregon or participate in the bandh call in Maharashtra.”
“If this is the treatment given to an established and elected Dalit leader, imagine the state of the poor Dalits in the country. How can they feel safe?” asked the newly-elected MLA.
Mr. Mewani announced that there will be a mega rally in Delhi in which progressive student leaders, activists and Ambedkarites will participate. “We will go with the Manusmriti in one hand and the Constitution in one hand and stand in front of the PM’s office and ask him which one he chooses,” he said.
Mr. Mewani added that it is shameful that the PM talks about Digital India, looking for water on the moon and building colonies in Mars even as our society is struggling for equality.
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