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Gujarat election: Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani wins from Vadgam

Jignesh Mewani, the face of the Dalit agitation in Gujarat, contested the assembly election as an independent candidate with support of the Congress.

GujaratElection2017 Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:13 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad
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Dalit leader and independent candidate Jignesh Mewani greets people during the election campaign in Gujarat.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani won from the Vadgam seat in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, defeating the BJP’s nominee Vijay Chakravarti by 19,696 votes.

Mewani, 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, Mewani 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.

Mewani, 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.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 16:03 IST