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Macwan starts missed call drive to remove Manu statue in Rajasthan HC area

By Our Representative
In a fresh campaign, Dalit rights leader Martin Macwan has asked people to give a missed call on 9823157779 asking Congress president Sonia Gandhi to impress upon Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot to ensure removal of Manu’s statue from the state High Court premises.
The decision for the campaign follows a letter signed by him and supported by over 750 concerned citizens across India for the removal of the statue of Manu, whose laws allegedly stand “in total contradiction to what the Indian Constitution has committed itself to – equality and fraternity, social justice and freedom.”
An earlier missed call campaign in May 2019 by senior Gujarat activists, who included Macwan, had seen more than 2.5 lakh people supporting the demand that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections must be declared only after verification of 50 percent electronic voting machine (EVM) data with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) receipts.
During the counting for the Lok Sabha polls on May 23, as per the Supreme Court guidelines, only two percent EVM data were to be verified with VVPAT slips. The effort, supported by civil society networks across India, was meant to "further pressure" India's election machinery to ensure that the poll outcome becomes more transparent.
Based on the number of missed calls sent in support of the removal of the statue, a hired mobile vendor would collect the data and hand these over to Sonia Gandhi as a sign of support for the demand.

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