Jignesh Mevani stopped from speaking on Ambedkar

Independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani was detained on Sunday at Jaipur airport and prevented from reaching Nagor to deliver address on Ambedkar & the Constitution

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Dalit leader and independent MLA from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani was detained at Jaipur airport on Sunday by Rajasthan police. Mevani was travelling to Nagor district to deliver an address on the Indian Constitution and contribution of Dr BR Ambedkar.

Policemen informed him that they were under instructions to ensure that he is not allowed into Rajasthan and instead is forced to fly back to Ahmedabad. They did show him a paper and got him to sign on it. It did not cite any reason apparently but stated that he was not to enter Nagor district.

A furious Mevani took to micro-blogging site Twitter to question the decision and posed the question whether Rajasthan Government would have stopped the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat from speaking on Manusmriti.

Here are his tweets since Sunday morning till 5 pm :

For urgent attention of media : today, immediately after I landed at Jaipur airport, few cops made me sign a letter saying MlA Jignesh Mevani's entry is restricted in entire Nagor district of Rajasthan. I was going there to talk about Indian constitution and Baba Saheb Ambedkar.

Now the DCP is saying u r not allowed to move around even in Jaipur and they are forcing me to fly back to Ahmedabad and also not allowing to hold even a press conference...this is shocking.

For the past 2 hours I am asking the on duty DCP of Jaipur whether he has any order to restrict my movement he has no answer. He saying 'upar se bola hai'..he took away local dalit activist's mobile also. As per law, this is a case of legally confining me, if nt kidnapping. Shame.

If Bhagwat was going at Nagor district of Rajasthan to talk about Manusmriti, Raje would have allowed him. But since I was supposed to talk about the philosophy of baba Saheb Ambedkar they are restricting my movements. Vasundhara ji, hamara bhi vada raha chunav me maza ayenga..

Few months ago BJP MP Hegde shamelessly said that their party has come to power to change Constitution. No action taken. Today authorities have passed order restricting my entry to participate in any demonstration at Jaipur till 30th April for I was to talk about constitution.

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