AHMEDABAD: Chaotic scenes were witnessed in Ahmedabad on Saturday after a scuffle between supporters of Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders. The altercation began after Mevani's supporters allegedly tried to obstruct BJP MPs and members from garlanding BR Ambedkar's statue at an event in the city.
The event was organised on Saturday to celebrate the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar. The activists also raised slogans against the BJP at the event.
Ahmedabad: Ruckus at an event on the occasion of #AmbedkarJayanti as MLA Jignesh Mevani's supporters tried to obstruct BJP MPs & members from garlanding BR Ambedkar's statue. #Gujarat pic.twitter.com/eghNs9TDfG
— ANI (@ANI) April 14, 2018
Five activists have been detained by the police for attempting to prevent a BJP MP from garlanding the statue. Confirming the incident, Mevani named the activists who have been detained by the police. "While protesting against BJP leaders, Subodh Parmar, Bharat Shah, Jagdish Chavda, Raju Valwaikar and Bipin Roy have been detained from Sarangpur," he tweeted.
बीजेपी के नेताओ का विरोध करते वक्त सुबोध परमार, भरत शाह, जगदीश चावड़ा, राजु वलवईकर (आदिवासी नेता) और बिपिन रॉय (दलित पेंथर) को सारंगपुर से डिटेइन किया गया। अभी कालुपुर पोलिस स्टेशन रखा गया है।
— Jignesh Mevani (@jigneshmevani80) April 14, 2018
As per reports, BJP MP Kirit Solanki was among those who were stopped from paying tributes to Dr Ambedkar.