Gujarat polls: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani wins by 19,696 votes

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani won from Vadgam seat in Banaskantha, defeating BJP's nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes.

Published: 18th December 2017 03:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2017 04:37 PM   |  A+A-

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani (Shekhar Yadav | EPS)

By PTI

AHMEDABAD: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani today won from Vadgam seat in Gujarat's Banaskantha district, defeating BJP's nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes.

Mevani, who contested as an independent candidate with support of the Congress, polled 95,497 votes on the seat reserved for a Schedule Caste nominee.

Chakravarti got 75,801 votes.

After emerging as the winner, Mevani thanked all non- governmental organisations and political parties which had helped him in campaigning.

The face of the Dalit agitation in Gujarat, in a message posted earlier on social media, had claimed that he decided to jump into the poll battle after being "persuaded" by youths and numerous agitators.

Mevani, who has been critical of the ruling BJP in the state, shot to fame after seven Dalit youths were flogged allegedly by self-styled cow vigilantes at Una last year.

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