Indore: Slamming Bharatiya Janata Party for spreading lies and hatred in the country, Gujarat’s Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Sunday appealed to people to vote for corrupt people but avoid voting for BJP candidates in assembly elections.
“Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are drawing closer. After assembly elections, Look Sabha elections are due in 2019. I appeal to Dalits and others to vote for corrupt people if you don’t have a better choice. But do not vote for BJP candidates,” he said while addressing a programme organised by Samvidhan Bachao Manch at Anand Mohan Mathur auditorium.
Mevani blamed BJP and RSS for widening the divide between rich and poor and between majority and minority communities. “The BJP and RSS are also responsible for spreading lies and hatred in the country,” he added. “These people want us to be obedient to them. They want to take away our basic rights. They want to enforce Manusmriti instead of Constitution. If we try to raise our voice, they threaten us.”
Speaking further, he said BJP failed to meet its promises on issues like development, providing two crore jobs every year and providing safety to minorities. He called for political unity against BJP in the upcoming polls. “I appeal to all of you to unite. There are differences within our groups as well as between like-minded people. But this is not the time to talk about them. This is the time to save democracy. We have to unite and fight a fascist government,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, senior advocate Anand Mohan Mathur said India seems to have become ‘Rape India’. “Previously, rape cases were a rarity but now they have become very common,” Mathur said. He also stated that there is unequal law for Dalits and other castes. MP’s Dalit leader Heeralal Alawa said tribal yatra will be taken out to unite tribals for elections. A young Muslim leader Wali Rehman called for Muslim and Dalit unity to prevent return of BJP to power at the centre.
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Jignesh Mevani said six Dailits were killed during April 2 bandh in Madhya Pradesh. “Accused responsible for their deaths are still roaming free. They are not being arrested because the government does not want them to be arrested,” he said.