Mevani to share stage with Hindu Mahasabha chief at Hardik’s event
Ahmedabad: Dalit activist and independent MLA from Vadgam, Jignesh Mevani, who is purportedly a critic of Hindutva, will share the stage with Hindutva ideologue and president of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, Swami Chakrapani in Jamnagar on February 8, at an event organized by Patidar leader Hardik Patel that is meant to raise farmers’ issues.
Mevani rose to prominence after he launched an agitation following the Una flogging incident in July 2016. He usually targets the ‘fascist’, and Hindtuva forces in his speeches, and claims to be the face of the Dalit movement against ‘Manuvaad’ (them ideas of the Hindu scripture Manusmriti, which speaks of four castes) forces.
Chakrapani was embroiled in a controversy last August, when he said that those who eat beef should not get any kind of aid during the floods in Kerala. He had also said flood-hit victims should be given assistance only if they affirm, on affidavit, that they will never eat beef again.
On these strange stage-fellows, Patel told TOI, “I have invited Jignesh as he speaks about the issues affecting the youth, like unemployment, and criticizes government policies. Chakrapani has been invited because he has also been criticizing the government for its failure in dealing with the farm crisis and on the Ram temple issue.”
Patel said he had also invited BJP leaders to his previous programmes, as he does not believe in parties but in individual leaders.
Mevani was unavailable for comment despite several attempts.