Articles about Jignesh Mevani
Jignesh Mevani is a former journalist, lawyer-activist, and politician who represents the Vadgam constituency in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. He is the convener of the Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM; State Dalit Rights Platform). Mevani was born on December 11, 1980, in Gujarat and completed his education at Gujarat University and Bhavan’s College. Mevani worked as a journalist for three years following which he decided to become an activist. He started his career in activism through various trade unions and also worked with RTI activist Bharatsinh Zala. Later, he joined the civil rights organization called Jan Sangharsh Manch. In the past few years, Mevani played a crucial role in the Dalit agitation against the BJP and the Narendra Modi government. He gained recognition during the protests following the Una flogging incident. Protests broke out across the state after a cow protection coup attacked some Dalit youths in Gujarat’s Una village. Mevani had also led a protest march called Dalit Asmita Yatra from Ahmedabad to Una. He is also a vocal supporter of labor rights and a proponent of land reform in India.
04 May 2022Politics
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani has threatened to call for a statewide strike on June 1 if the BJP-led state government doesn't meet his demands.
02 May 2022Politics
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani on Monday alleged his recent arrest was a pre-planned conspiracy "designed" by the Prime Minister's Office to "destroy" him ahead of the 2022 Gujarat polls.
25 Apr 2022Politics
Independent Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani was rearrested on Monday right after he was granted bail by a court in Assam's Kokrajhar in a case related to his tweet against PM Narendra Modi.
21 Apr 2022Politics
Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani was arrested by the Assam Police from the Palanpur Circuit House in Gujarat on Wednesday night.
28 Sep 2021Politics
Former Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani today joined the Congress party, ending days of speculation about their induction.
20 Sep 2021Politics
Former students leader Kanhaiya Kumar and independent Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani are likely to join Congress on October 2, NDTV reported.
20 Dec 2019India
Currently, those who are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act are seeing police personnel as villains. Across India, cops, tasked with maintaining law and order, are being targeted.
26 Apr 2019Politics
On Thursday, veteran actress Shabana Azmi campaigned for CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar in Begusarai, where she accused BJP of inciting communal tensions.
04 Feb 2019Politics
Following the face-off between the Kolkata Police and the CBI, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee started a dharna on Sunday night, and spent the whole night on a makeshift dias in a mark of protest against what she perceives as a constitutional coup against her government by the Center.
26 Oct 2018Politics
While speaking at a rally in Patna, independent MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani was caught abusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi repeatedly on camera.
20 Sep 2018Politics
On Wednesday, Gujarat lawmakers showed an unprecedented unity as they passed a bill after a debate which lasted 26 minutes.
29 Aug 2018India
The arrests of five activists in different cities on Tuesday on allegations of being associated with Maoists has sparked an uproar.
14 Aug 2018India
A day after JNU student leader Umar Khalid was shot at, student activist Shehla Rashid Shora filed an FIR with the Jammu and Kashmir police in Srinagar against mafia don Ravi Poojary for allegedly threatening her.
07 Jul 2018India
Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and Gujarat MLAs Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani were booked on charges of trespassing after allegedly leading a "raid" at a house where they claimed liquor was illegally stored.
15 Jun 2018India
In a horrific incident, two Dalit boys were beaten by upper caste men in Vakadi village of Maharashtra's Jalgaon district for swimming in a well.
09 Jun 2018India
JNU student leader, Umar Khalid has filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, alleging he has received death threats from a man who identified himself as fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari.
21 May 2018India
An incident reported from Rajkot, Gujarat proves we are gradually taking scary steps towards an inhumane society.
30 Apr 2018Politics
Adding to the list of controversial statements made by BJP leaders recently, Gujarat speaker Rajendra Trivedi said Dalit icon BR Ambedkar was a Brahmin.
15 Apr 2018India
Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani was today stopped at Jaipur International Airport. The administration of Nagaur, where Mevani had a rally, had restricted his visit and the police stopped the Gujarat MLA at the airport to inform him about the order, police said.
10 Apr 2018India
States across India have upped security after reports of a planned 'Bharat Bandh' against caste-based reservation.
04 Apr 2018Politics
On Monday, Dalits called a nationwide bandh protesting Supreme Court's March 20 judgment "diluting" the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
19 Mar 2018Politics
Addressing a Dalit Labor Rights rally in Jind (Haryana), Gujarat MLA Jignesh Wani said the Centre was not concerned about serious issues like unemployment, education, and health.
09 Jan 2018Politics
After being elected Gujarat MLA, Jignesh Mevani has hit the ground running. His speech on the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon violence whipped up a furore, prompting an FIR. A Mumbai event where he was to address youngsters was cancelled.
05 Jan 2018Politics
Newly-elected Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani took up cudgels against PM Modi asking him to clarify his position on Dalit violence.
04 Jan 2018Politics
The Maratha-Dalit violence got Maharashtra to a stand-still. Its genesis was the Elgaar Parishad held at Shaniwarwada in Pune on December 31. Now, the police have cracked down on those who allegedly made "provocative speeches."
21 Dec 2017Politics
In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi fought a tooth-and-nail battle with the duo of PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. But, he failed to wrest power from BJP, which clinched its sixth consecutive victory.
20 Dec 2017Politics
The day after BJP returned to power in Gujarat, Congress-backed "three musketeers" OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, Patidar agitator Hardik Patel and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani suggested that PM Modi should quit politics.
19 Dec 2017Politics
In Gujarat, the NOTA (None Of The Above) option emerged as the fourth preferred 'party' after the BJP, Congress and Independents, polling 1.8% of the total vote share.
Congress's alliance with the trio of Patidar quota leader Hardik Patel, Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani and OBC activist Alpesh Thakor allowed it to give BJP a tough fight.
Leading from front, incumbent CM Vijay Rupani won Rajkot (west) by around 25,000 votes. Though he was initially trailing against Congress's Indranil Rajguru, he made an impressive comeback.
For Gujarat assembly elections, counting of votes began at 8am.
27 Nov 2017Politics
For the upcoming Gujarat elections, Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani has declared that he will contest as an independent from Banaskantha district's Vadgam constituency.
16 Nov 2017Politics
Patidar leader Hardik Patel has now claimed that some IAS/IPS officers threatened him to end the quota agitation or else, to malign his image, his sex-CDs would be released.
15 Nov 2017Politics
To counter the Congress offensive in Gujarat, BJP has invited 200 backward class and Dalit leaders from across states to enhance its election campaign.
26 Oct 2017Politics
A day after issuing an arrest warrant against Hardik Patel in a vandalism case, the Visnagar sessions court has cancelled it.
25 Oct 2017Politics
As Patidar leader Hardik Patel fights BJP for poaching his supporters and flirts with the Congress, his problems increased after a local court in Visanagar, Gujarat issued a non-bailable warrant against him and some other leaders of his party.
24 Oct 2017Politics
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot alleged that local Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials searched and acquired the CCTV footage of the Ahmedabad hotel room where he met with Patidar leader Hardik Patel and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani.
24 Oct 2017Politics
As BJP aims to win Gujarat's 182-member Assembly with over 150 seats, it has gone all out to ensure this.