Holding the copy of the Constitution in one hand and chanting the revolutionary song, “Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna”, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad addressed thousands who had congregated at Jantar Mantar in Delhi today as a part of the Bahujan Hunkar Rally.
Addressing the crowds on Kanshi Ram’s birth anniversary and celebrating his legacy, Azad said, “We are the children of Babasaheb Ambedkar, and the tigers of Kanshi Ram will never let the Right wing forces come to power in this country”, adding “I am standing in the very place where the Indian Constitution was burnt, on this stage I urge all of you, to keep the copy of the Constitution in your house.”
On Sunday, the Hunkar Rally was flagged off by Azad at Meerut However, Azad was arrested at Deoband in Saharanpur by Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by using more than the stipulated number of motorcycles at a political rally. He reportedly fell ill soon after being detained, following which he was admitted to a hospital.
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Azad, while doing Facebook live from the hospital, urged the people to reach Jantar Mantar in Delhi for Hunkar Rally in huge numbers so as to speak out against the increasing atrocities against Dalits and minorities by the Modi government.
Speaking to Newsclick, Sucheta De of the All India Students Association (AISA) said, this rally was to be a culmination of the Bhim Army Yatra from March 11 from Saharanpur, but the police stopped us at Deoband, alleging that the police misbehaved with Dalit villagers and women in a bid to stop the rally from reaching Delhi. Several trains were cancelled from Saharanpur,” she said.
Raju Dhanke from Maharashtra said, “During Bhima Koregaon, our people were pelted with stones, beaten up, their cars and houses were burnt but real culprits, who is Sambhaji Bhide and Ekbote, are still scot free.”
The protestors from across India, demanded that all those who had been put behind bars during the April 2 Bharat Bandh last year be released, the issue of the 200-point roster and the reservations were also discussed.
Deepak Bodh of the Deoband Vidhan Sabha Adhyaksh of the Bhim Army said, “The administration has blatantly disregarded our community and our rights, they are trying to stop us from speaking up, they don’t want us to raise the issue of minorities, we are being forced to come here again and again only because of the manuwadi policies of the Modi and Yogi government.” The protestors said, that only those who want to talk about the interests of the Bahujan Samaj should form the government.”