Prominent Dalit youth leader and Gujarat Congress working president Jignesh Mevani launched a crowdfunding campaign ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections.
“I need your support to defeat the Fascist forces in Gujarat!Please donate generously to my election campaign!,” tweeted Mevani, current MLA of Vadgam constituency.
“Jignesh Mevani is a young and dynamic proponent of the People’s Constitutional rights. He started a social movement in 2016 after the Una incident and spearheaded the movement against caste-based atrocities. He has been relentlessly working for equal rights for the marginalised and downtrodden in the country,” read a statement from Our Democracy, the crowdfunding platform.
It added: “In the 2017 Gujarat elections, Jignesh registered a resounding win in Vadgam constituency. Since then he has been working on land reforms to help landless dalits and deprived get their rightful share and to ensure social equality through economic parity. It was through Mevani’s efforts that a massive scam in MNREGA was exposed and the perpetrators convicted. Through direct action by him more than 12,531 people and 7,893 households received employment under MNREGA. In Jignesh’s leadership, his constituency recorded the highest employment numbers under MNREGA in Banaskantha and the highest ever in Vadgam. But Jignesh’s vision for Vadgam does not stop here. He is pushing even harder for more MNREGA benefits, creating jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities, bringing water to Karmavat lake to solve the water problem, andHe has been a champion of human rights and has been instrumental in securing possession of land for more than 10,000 Dalits across the state.”
Mevani plans to raise about Rs 40 lakh for his election campaign and received more than 8 lakh so far.