Jignesh Mevani is a lawyer, a social activist and one of the rising faces in recent politics of Gujarat. He came to light after he led a campaign by Dalits, considered 'lower castes' in the Indian caste hierarchy, in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
Under the banner of Una Atyachar Ladat Samiti, Mevani and his supporters took out a rally with the slogan "Chalo Una" on August 15, 2016. He started a Dalit Asmita Yatra from Ahmedabad to Una in Saurashtra, which was joined by thousands of dalits and Muslims.
In 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections, he declared political support to the Congress. The elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14. The Gujarat election results were announced on December 18.
After Gujarat’s Assembly Elections in 2017, Mevani won from Vadgam, defeating his nearest BJP rival, Vijay Chakravarti, by 19,696 votes.Know More
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Jignesh Mevani, the firebrand lawyer-activist, has been a relentless champion of Dalit rights. He plunged into electoral politics and emerged victorious. Will he be able to make a successful transition from activist to legislator?..