Jignesh Mevani: ‘Bilkis Bano is close to my heart’

Gujarat Congress leader talks about the conflict between activism and politics.

WrittenBy:NL Team

Former independent MLA and now Congress candidate from Vadagam Jignesh Mevani speaks with Manisha Pande of Newslaundry while campaigning for the second phase of Gujarat election, which is scheduled for December 5. Jignesh talks about the conflict he sees between electoral politics and activism, the reason he speaks at election rallies about Bilkis Bano, the 2002 Gujarat carnage victim whose rapists were recently freed on bail, and why he thinks the Congress has "too much democracy". He also dwells on why he joined the Congress and the role Rahul Gandhi played, the difference between Ambedkarite and Gandhian approach to caste, and more. 


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