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Gujjar Mahapadav enters fifth day

Last Updated: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:29

Jaipur: The Gujjar Mahapadav (sit-in),
which started on Sunday for reservation demand at Penchla modh
in Rajasthan`s Karuali district entered fifth day today.

Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla, who spearheaded the
agitation and is camping in the capital city with 50 members
since Tuesday, said that the decision to withdraw the
Mahapadav will depend on the outcome of a meeting with Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot scheduled to be held later in the day.

"We are waiting for the decision and a meeting in this
regard is scheduled with Gehlot today. Any decision about the
Mahapadav will depend on the outcome of the meeting," Bainsla
told a news agency.

Talks between Gujjar delegation-led by Bainsla and
Rajasthan government on a legislation seeking reservation for
the community remained inconclusive on Tuesday.

Yesterday, also an eight-member Gujjar delegation
headed by State Energy Minister Jitendra Singh met the state
Governor S K Singh to solve the issue.

The reservation bill, which accords five per cent
reservation to SBC (Special Backward Class), which also
include Gujjars and 14 percent reservation to ECB (Economic
Backward Class) was passed by the Vasundhara Raje government
last year and is pending with the Governor.

Meanwhile, the Mahapadav has turned into a cultural
event commonly known as "Pad-Dangal" based on folklore and
dance, the SP-Karauli Gurucharan Ray told the news agency.

Majority of people go back to their home in nearby
villages and gather in afternoon where they enjoy folk-lore
and dance, he said, adding there is no tension and everything
is going on peacefully.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:29
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