Heavy security in Delhi for Mevani's rally

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Although the authorities had maintained until the last minute that Mevani and his supporters did not have permission to hold the event, the rally organisers, however, went on with the event and were not stopped by the Delhi Police.

The Parliament Street has been fortified and water cannon vehicles have been deployed, he said. As many as 42 organisation - parties, associations and student groups - took part in the rally. This after the cops earlier said that the newly elected MLA's request was "under consideration".

The Delhi Police refused permission for the rally this morning, have cited a green court order that bans protests in the heart of the city.

Senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the rally should be the beginning of a new youth movement to fight the politics of hate, lies, abuse and violence to rescue Constitutional values as his generation has failed in doing so.

"No permission granted so far by Delhi Police to hold proposed protest at Parliament Street in view of NGT orders". Since there is an NGT order that no protest can be staged at Jantar Mantar, we have asked organisers to hold the protest at alternate sites like Ramlila Maidan, ' Ajay Chaudhary, Joint CP of New Delhi, had said in morning. "Any attempt by police to stop the #YuvaRally tomorrow will be undemocratic & violation of fundamental rights".

Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani speaks to the media before his rally in Delhi
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani speaks to the media before his rally in Delhi

However, the organisers have confirmed to PTI that they would be going ahead with their plan.

The rally also sought to highlight issues like educational rights, employment, livelihood and gender justice.

The NGT on 5 October previous year had ordered officials to "immediately stop all activities of dharna, protest, agitations, assembling of people, public speeches and using of loud speakers among others at the Jantar Mantar Road".

"There were around 2,000 people who had turned up, despite tweets by the police and a campaign claiming that the event was cancelled", Mevani said, adding that he was satisfied with the turnout.

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