Gujarat Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani has cleared off that he is not planning to meet Rahul Gandhi during his three-day campaigning tour from November 1st to 3rd in Gujarat. Does this mean a setback from Dalit votes for Congress?

Assembly elections are nearing and every vote counts, so to give the campaigning yet another booster, Congress VP Rahul Gandhi is scheduled for a campaigning trip to Gujarat. Recently, some media reports claimed that Gujarat Dalit community leader Jignesh Mavani will be meeting Gandhi for political purposes. While it is true that the prime goal of Congress is to gain support from the trio of three young community leaders – Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani; but Mevani has clarified that he is not meeting Gandhi during his visit.

Mevani posted a plea on Facebook, asking to spread rumours about his meeting with Rahul Gandhi and also said that even if he meets Rahul Gandhi or any other leader, it will be for to know the stand of Congress on the issue of Dalit community and not for any personal gains. Later, the Congress too said that there was no plan yet of a meeting between Mevani and Gandhi during the latter’s three-day campaign tour of the state from tomorrow. Notably, Kshatriya-Rajput leader Alpesh Thakor has already affirmed to provide support to Congress, the Patidaar and Dalit communities seem to be hard nuts to crack.

The game of thrones at Gujarat this year, will be very interesting for a lot of factors. The states seem to be divided into factions and it is unclear of who will support whom, making it all mysterious. Woo-woo. Gujarat is particularly a BJP fortress since two decades and the party still claims to get an easy win, but their words contrast their acts – at least it looks so. With Patel and Mevani’s undefined support, the election result will surely be a hell of a surprise.