As soon as the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly began, Leader of Opposition Sukhram Rathva demanded a special half-hour discussion on the issues concerning agitating government employees, farmers, Anganwadi workers and ex-servicemen.
Mevani was arrested by the Assam Police from Palanpur town in Gujarat on Wednesday night over a tweet and taken to Assam by air in the early hours, officials said.
Mevani, who had extended support to the Congress last year, has been held after his recent tweets on PM Modi, according to reports. After a police complaint by Anup Kumar Dey, a resident of Bhabanipur in Kokrajhar district in Assam, a case was lodged against Mevani under different sections of IPC and IT Act
Mevani said he cannot join the party formally for now since he is an independent MLA
"As speculation abounds about certain Communist leaders joining Congress it perhaps may be instructive to revisit a 1973 book ''Communists in Congress'' Kumarmanglam Thesis. The more things change the more they perhaps remain the same. I re-read it today," Tewari said in a tweet.
Before the formal joining, the two activist-turned politicians will go to Bhagat Singh Park at ITO at 4 pm to garland the statue of Bhagat Singh on the occasion of 114th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter. Rahul Gandhi will also attend the garlanding event organised by the Indian Youth Congress.
Kanhaiya Kumar had joined the CPI ahead of the 2019 general election and unsuccessfully contested from Bihar's Begusarai against Giriraj Singh of the BJP.
The entry of the two activist-turned politicians from Gujarat and Bihar will certainly be good optics for the Congress given that many young leaders such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Jitin Prasada and Sushmita Dev have deserted the party in the past couple of years.
Mevani, who represents the Vadgam constituency in Gujarat, will be appointed as the Congress' state working president following his induction into the party, the report claimed.
Kanhaiya Kumar is a Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, who is a former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) president.
The Congress can no longer seen to be able to ensure a balance between the Patels, who feels deprived of benefits given to Dalits and Other Backward Classes (OBCs), and the Thakores who are backward Rajputs.
The social media was abuzz with pictures of the two young politicians traversing the dusty tracks of Begusarai, sometimes on foot and sometimes pillion riding on bicycles, as they addressed several small political meetings seeking support for the upcoming Left leader.
For the Congress, Hardik Patel is an effective leader in the farmer belt who can target the policies of the Narendra Modi government. He also retains a great capacity to attract crowds in Gujarat, which no other Congressman has been able to do in the state.
Calling the move “undemocratic” and one that “curbs the rights of free speech and expression”, Principal Shah tendered his resignation. Vice-Principal Mohanbhai Parmar followed suit
Without naming the BJP, Mevani alleged that the issue of construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya is being purposefully raised as Lok Sabha polls are approaching.
Jignesh Mevani had come to meet the activists after visiting hours on December 27 evening, therefore, he was not allowed a meeting.
The MLA from Vadgam seat in Gujarat was speaking to reporters at Palanpur town in Banaskantha district yesterday.
As soon as the newsmen started getting ready for the event by arranging the microphones, Mevani asked the reporter of an English news channel to remove his equipment
The rally -- held in Parliament Street in the heart of the national capital where prohibitory orders are in force through the year -- was demanding the release of Dalit outfit Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad.
"No permission granted so far by Delhi Police to hold proposed protest at Parliament Street in view of NGT orders. Organisers have been constantly advised to go to alternate site, which they are reluctant to accept," the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi, tweeted tonight.
Both were charged for allegedly creating a rift and spreading disharmony between the Maratha and Dalit communities.
A police official said the number of students and activists detained outside the Bhaidas Hall in suburban Vile Parle was not yet available.
In August last year, PM Modi had said, “If you want to shoot, shoot me, but not my Dalit brothers.” The PM was reacting to attacks on Dalits by cow vigilantes.
Mevani was speaking at 'Elgaar Parishad' here, organised to commemorate the 'Battle of Bhima-Koregaon'. JNU student leader Umar Khalid, late Dalit research scholar Rohit Vemula's mother Radhika, Bhim Army president Vinay Ratan Singh and Prakash Ambedkar, former MP and grandson of Dr B R Ambedkar were present at the event.
The moves comes after sitting MLA Manibhai Vaghela said the state Congress asked him not to contest the polls from the seat "as a part of an agreement" with Mevani.