Modi govt posses threat to democracy: Jignesh Mevani

Jignesh should be allowed to speak in Delhi AAP

Critics quickly pointed out that the NGT's order is for banning protests at Jantar Mantar and it's not applicable for Parliament Street.

After Mevani's Yuva Hunkar Rally was stopped, he accused the government of targeting the youth to speak democratically and peacefully on issues like social justice, employment to youth and are not allowed to speak for their rights.

The police had earlier said that Mevani's request was "under consideration".

An FIR has been filed against the organisers of "Elgaar Parishad" an event where Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid gave speech on December 31 in Pune.

Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the rally should be the beginning of a new youth movement to fight the politics of hate, lies, abuse and violence to rescue Constitutional values as his generation has failed in doing so. "Any attempt by police to stop the #YuvaRally tomorrow will be undemocratic & violation of fundamental rights".




However, the DCP's tweet evoked sharp reactions on Twitter as the organisers expressed their determination to go ahead with their plan despite police denying them the permission. Since there is an NGT order that no protest can be staged at Jantar Mantar, we have asked organisers to hold the protest at alternate sites like Ramlila Maidan, ' Ajay Chaudhary, Joint CP of New Delhi, had said in morning. He was arrested in June previous year from Himachal Pradesh.

Ever since the rally was announced on January 2, "a lot of money has been spent on posters calling Mevani a deshdrohi (traitor) and urban naxal", Pandey told PTI, adding the event will be held as per schedule.

He also sought an immediate release of Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad - a Dalit leader who has been jailed and the National Security Act (NSA) slapped against him for allegedly instigating violence in Saharanpur in June previous year.

A large section of students from universities and colleges in Delhi, women's groups, teachers' associations and activists associated with Mevani from across the country are expected to attend the rally.

Azad (30) was arrested in June a year ago from Himachal Pradesh as he is the main accused in Thakur-Dalit clashes in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district.

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