Jignesh Mevani: Will he overthrow the government which believes in Manusmriti and not in the Constitution?

Claiming that his presence will further motivate marginalized sections of Gujarat to vote for the Congress party, MP Vadgam Jignesh Mevani said that in the 2022 elections in Vidhan Sabha, the party would overthrow the government which “believes in Manusmriti and not in the Constitution”.

Mevani, who arrived in Ahmedabad after joining the party in Delhi, said: “The Congress Party had led the struggle for independence hence the idea of ​​India with values ​​of unity in diversity. , secularism, equality and socialism emerged. It is only the Congress party that can save our Constitution and our democracy… with this clarity of thought, I joined the party.

The independent MP for Vadgam constituency in Banaskantha recently joined Congress with former JNU leader Kanhaiya Kumar in the presence of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Pointing out that the seat margin between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress in the previous legislative elections was 10 to 15, Mevani, 41, said: “I hope that if all the top leaders, members of the Congress and people across the spectrum who are aligned with our ideology… come together, we can remove this government that believes in Manusmriti and not the Constitution.

The leader who arrived to an enthusiastic reception from supporters of his Vadgam constituency and workers of the Gujarat Congress, the Indian Youth Congress, the Mahila Congress and the National Union of Students of India (NSUI) in Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan in Paldi of Ahmedabad, said: “The BJP ruled for 27 years in Gujarat, however, the common man saw no development. Hundreds of small and medium industries have closed, young people are unemployed… At least 15% of the population of Gujarat are poor and marginalized CBOs to the limit… what do they have in the Vibrant Gujarat model? I joined Congress to represent them.

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Chairman Amit Chavda, GPCC Working Chairman Hardik Patel, Opposition Leader Paresh Dhanani and Former GPCC Chairman Bharat Solanki were present at the event to congratulate Mevani .

To technically join Congress, Mevani must resign as an MP. “I also said earlier that officially I have not yet been a Congressman because I will first have to resign as a Member of Parliament. I will do so in the coming months, ”Mevani said.

Asked about his role in the Congress party, Mevani said he would initially focus on the party’s registration campaign.

“I will raise the issues of inflation and unemployment to mobilize people. I will travel to the districts and talukas of Gujarat to register people in the party. With my presence, young people will be motivated to join the Congress. There is a lot of excitement in the congressional office today, it was the same when we also held a press conference at the congressional office in New Delhi, ”Mevani said.

Mevani, who raised the issues of manual cleaning and the death of sanitation workers in industries, came into the spotlight earlier after leading an unrest against the alleged flogging of Dalits at Una of Gir Somnath in 2016.

When asked what difference he would make to the lives of sanitation workers if he were chosen in power, Mevani said: “Within the party framework, there is enormous leeway to work for. marginalized communities and make their voices heard on their issues… I will continue to do this. We are exploring technology to get rid of manual cleaning by replacing humans with machines. “

When asked if he thought the BJP was targeting the AAP more as a main opposition in Gujarat politics than Congress, Mevani said, “Let them do their jobs, we’ll do ours.”

Asked about the internal cracks of Congress in the Punjab and the dissent of the G 23 – the group of 23 senior leaders who wrote to Sonia Gandhi to demand internal reforms within the party, Mevani said: “If a party has been around for 130 years , it is obvious that people come and go… what is important is to concentrate on those who arrive, to welcome them without offending those who leave.