Jignesh Mevani Rally: Police denies permission, organisers say ‘rally wahin karenge’

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The Delhi Police on Monday said that the Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani’s request for holding a rally in the national capital on Tuesday (today) on Parliament Street had not been granted yet. This after the cops earlier said that the newly elected MLA’s request was “under consideration.”

Jignesh Mevani
(Indian Express Photo/Shekhar Yadav)

DCP Delhi’s tweet posted on Monday night said, “No permission granted so far by Delhi Police to hold proposed protest at Parliament Street in view of NGT orders. Organisers have been constantly advised to go to alternate site, which they are reluctant to accept.”

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.

Student leader Shehla Rashid wrote, “DCP Sir, rally to wahin karayenge :)”

Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan reminded the cops that the National Green Tribunal order was specific to holding rallies at Jantar Mantar and not Parliament Street. Bhushan said that the cops were misleading people by quoting the NGT order.

He wrote, “Please don’t mislead people @DCPNewDelhi.NGT orders are for Jantar Mantar, not Parliament St. SC has always held right to peaceful protest meetings is a fundamental right. Any attempt by police to stop the #YuvaRally tomorrow will be undemocratic & violation of fundamental rights.”

Mevani, who has emerged as a charismatic youth leader post his stunning victory in Gujarat, is expected to be joined by former JNU Students body president, Kanhaiya Kumar, Akhil Gogoi, a farmer leader from Assam and Chandrashekhar Azad, who founded Dalit Bhim Army and was arrested in June last year.

The NGT on 5 October last year had ordered officials to “immediately stop all activities of dharna, protest, agitations, assembling of people, public speeches and using of loud speakers among others at the Jantar Mantar Road.”

One of the organisers and former JNU Students’ Union president Mohit Kumar Pandey said, “There has been a lot of attempts to stop this event and even some media houses are spreading wrong information that the permission for the rally has been denied.”

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.

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