Amid tight security, Mevani's Youth Hunkar rally took place n New Delhi's Connaught Place, barely few kilometre away from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official residence in the national capital.
"No permission has been given to anyone (to hold a rally)", Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhary told reporters here. "It is you who has to answer the reason behind violence on Dalits, violence in Saharanpur, in Bhima Koregaon".
"I don't have to answer it but you have to answer me..." You have to answer why people are not getting the money that is in the foreign accounts of Indians.
The newly elected MLA also said that when he fought elections in Gujarat he always spoke about bringing people together. Mevani stated real issues like corruption, poverty and unemployment are given less importance instead issues involving Ghar Wapasi, love jihad and cows are given space. "We believe in India's polity". We are the believers of love. "We will celebrate 14th February (Valentines' Day)", Jignesh Mevani said to huge cheers from the audience.
Jignesh, who defeated his BJP rival in the recently concluded Gujarat poll, said he had no role in the Dalit unrest in Maharashtra. "If an elected representative does not have the right to do so, then this is the Gujarat model", Mevani said at the rally.
His supporters turned up with posters bearing his image.
The rally, held in Parliament Street in the heart of the national capital, where prohibitory orders are in force through the year, was organised to underline issues like educational rights, employment, livelihood, gender and social justice.
"I believe in the politics of unity".
"We are not love jidad people".
"I am asking a question today, when will 2 crore youth of the nation get jobs", he said.
He also sought an immediate release of Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad - a Dalit leader who has been jailed and the National Security Act (NSA) slapped against him for allegedly instigating violence in Saharanpur in June past year. Several student leaders, including Kanhaiya Kumar, are expected to attend the rally.
"They are afraid of Chandrashekhar, not because he's a threat to the country: but to those who want to convert this to a Hindu Rashtra". He described the situation as "unfortunate" and said that the government was "targeting" him.