Planning to launch alliance for Dalit upliftment: Mevani
Hyderabad: Gujarat MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Wednesday said he, along with other like-minded people, was planning to launch a nationwide alliance for the upliftment of Dalits.
Speaking to reporters after visiting Manda Krishna Madiga, a Dalit leader who is currently lodged in a prison here, Mevani also demanded that every Dalit be given five acres of land.
Madiga, founder of the Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi, was arrested recently during a protest for Scheduled Caste categorisation.
Mevani said, "In the coming days, I, along with Krishna Madiga and other Dalit, progressive, like-minded groups, want to launch a broad alliance for the upliftment of Dalits."
Calling land a major issue, Mevani said that 70 out of 100 Dalits are landless and said that every Dalit should be given five acres of land.
Vemula had committed suicide in a hostel room on the varsity campus on January 16, 2016.