Ahmadabad, Dec 18: Dalit leader and independent candidate Jignesh Mevani attained victory from Vadgam constituency in the high-stakes Gujarat Assembly elections.
Mevani defeated BJP’s Vijaykumar Harkhabhai Chakravarti by 18,150 votes.
The 36-year-old lawyer and activist came into the limelight after he organised agitations in the aftermath of reports of atrocities against Dalits in Una district of Gujarat. He led a long protest march ‘Azadi Kooch’ demanding land for his community.
The counting of votes has started at 8 am on Monday.
The voting was held in two phases in the state on December 9 and 14. According to the EC, the voter turnout in the first phase was 66.75, while in second phase of voting on Dec 14 was 69.99 percent.