Jignesh Mevani: News

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.

16 Sep 2022

Congress Party

Mevani, 18 others get 6-month jail in 2016 protest case

A local court in Ahmedabad on Friday sentenced Dalit leader and Gujarat Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and 18 others to six months in jail term in connection with a case involving a protest at Gujarat University in 2016, according to Live Law.

04 May 2022


Jignesh Mevani threatens 'Gujarat bandh' on June 1: Details here

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 2022

Narendra Modi

'PMO's pre-planned conspiracy': Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani on his arrest

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 2022

Narendra Modi

Assam: Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani rearrested right after getting bail

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 2022


Assam Police arrests Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani: Details here

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 2021

Rahul Gandhi

CPI's Kanhaiya Kumar, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani join Congress

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 2021

Rahul Gandhi

Kanhaiya Kumar, Jignesh Mevani likely to join Congress: Report

Former students leader Kanhaiya Kumar and independent Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani are likely to join Congress on October 2, NDTV reported.

20 Dec 2019


CAA protesters attack cops in Ahmedabad, seven youths save them

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 Oct 2018

Narendra Modi

Jignesh Mevani hurls abuses at PM Modi at Patna rally

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 2018


Gujarat: In 26 minutes, lawmakers approve salary-hike for themselves

On Wednesday, Gujarat lawmakers showed an unprecedented unity as they passed a bill after a debate which lasted 26 minutes.

16 Aug 2018

Delhi Police

Umar Khalid case: Two men claim credit for attack

Despite having caught JNU student leader Umar Khalid's attacker on camera, the Delhi Police, so far, have failed to identify the man.

14 Aug 2018


Now, JNU student Shehla Rashid alleges she received death threat

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 2018


Gujarat: Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh booked for raid at woman's house

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 2018


Maharashtra: For bathing in well, two Dalit teens stripped, beaten

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 2018

Delhi Police

JNU student leader Umar Khalid receives death threat, files complaint

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.

30 Apr 2018

Narendra Modi

According to Gujarat speaker, BR Ambedkar, PM Modi are Brahmins

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 2018

Bharat Bandh

Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani stopped at Jaipur Airport

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.

19 Mar 2018

Narendra Modi

Centre not concerned about employment, education, health: Jignesh Mevani

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.

18 Jan 2018


BJP, RSS can kill me: Jignesh Mevani

Dalit leader, Jignesh Mevani expressed concerns over threats to his life reiterating the claims of VHP leader Pravin Togadia.

09 Jan 2018


Jignesh Mevani holds "Hunkar Rally" in Delhi despite no permission

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 2018


Mevani asks PM Modi to speak up about Dalit violence

Newly-elected Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani took up cudgels against PM Modi asking him to clarify his position on Dalit violence.

04 Jan 2018


Bhima-Koregaon violence: FIR filed against Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid

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."

20 Dec 2017

Narendra Modi

Mevani: Modi has become old, should go to Himalayas!

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.

18 Dec 2017


#IndiaDecidesOn18th: Hardik-Jignesh-Alpesh trio saves the day for Congress!

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.

27 Nov 2017


Jignesh Mevani: Ex-journalist, lawyer, fire-brand Dalit leader to contest independently

For the upcoming Gujarat elections, Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani has declared that he will contest as an independent from Banaskantha district's Vadgam constituency.

15 Nov 2017

Narendra Modi

Gujarat Elections: How has caste emerged as a key factor?

To counter the Congress offensive in Gujarat, BJP has invited 200 backward class and Dalit leaders from across states to enhance its election campaign.