Having emerged victorious in the politico-legal playfields of BJP-controlled Assam, firebrand Dalit MLA Jignesh Mevani landed on home ground Gujarat on Tuesday with a renewed challenge to the ruling party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, using popular Bollywood movie dialogue, “Pushpa jukega nahi”, to loud cheers from his band of supporters.
Mevani, who was whisked away by the Assam police on April 18 night from Palanpur town of North Gujarat and slapped with two criminal cases in a space of eight days and spent seven of them in police custody, who was bailed out last week has called his arrest over a tweet and a “manufactured” case a “conspiracy hatched at the Prime Minister’s Office in Delhi”.
After holding a fiery press conference in Delhi, a determined Mevani, 42, told reporters at the Ahmedabad airport. “There is Gujarat Government here and their rulers are in Delhi. I want to tell Modi-Saheb that if you are a Gujarati, I am also a Gujarati,” he asserted.
The Vadgam MLA went on to say, “I want to tell Gujarat and Modi-Sahab that I am not scared of your police, of your ED, of your CBI, Pushpa jukega nahi”. His words ran like an adrenaline rush among his band of supporters. Mevani then went to Sarangpur Circle in a labour-dominated Ahmedabad area and garlanded a statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar.
The Gujarat Congress had organised a huge “Satyamev Jayate Sabha” at Ramapir no Tekro at Juna Vadaj Char-rasta in Ahmedabad as a grand welcome for Jignesh Mevani. Speaking at the event, Mevani described how he was “trapped by the Assam police” and how “an entire conspiracy was hatched to trap him in fictitious cases.”
Reiterating what he stated at the Delhi press conference on Monday, Mevani asked, “Why no action or FIR had been filed for as many as 22 government exam paper leaks under the BJP and asked why no bigwigs are being questioned though over Rs 1,75,000 crore worth of narcotics had been caught in Gujarat. But I was trapped and taken all the way 3,000 km to Assam just for a tweet and then a case, which was described by the Assam Court as manufactured.”
Several Congress leaders, including State President Jagdish Thakor and others, spoke on the occasion and asserted that they would fight against the “dictatorial rule of the BJP Government in Gujarat and at the Centre.”