Popular Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani has decided to contest the next month’s Gujarat assembly elections as an independent candidate. Taking to Facebook, Mevani announced his decision but also reached out to Congress to not field any candidate against him.
35-year-old Mevani, who’s become a popular Dalit face in the state since four of his community members were publicly flogged in Una by the members of the right-wing militant group posing themselves as cow vigilantes.
He will contest from Vadgam constituency. His Facebook post read, “We need to expose the 22-year-old misrule of the BJP and, therefore, there should be a direct fight between me and the BJP. I request other political parties and independents to withdraw so that it’s a direct contest,”
Mevani has taken to crowdfunding to secure the required funding to fight assembly polls. He concluded his post with appeal for donations, “I appeal to all my friends that they should give everything and jump into this contest at Vadgam.”
The state goes to poll in two stages on 9 and 14 December, while the counting will take place on 18 December.