Bainsla to intensify stir if demands not met by Tuesday

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla on Monday threatened to intensify the ongoing agitation by the community if the state government failed to meet their demand for five per cent reservation in state jobs by tomorrow.

Updated: May 03, 2010, 22:36 PM IST

Jaipur: Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla
on Monday threatened to intensify the ongoing agitation by the
community if the state government failed to meet their demand
for five per cent reservation in state jobs by tomorrow.

The one-day ultimatum was issued at the community`s
Mahapanchayat at Mehrawar village in Bharatpur district where
Bainsla said the stir will gather further momentum throughout
the state from May 5 if the Gujjars` demand for quota was not
fulfilled.

"We have already given a lot of time to the state
government which doesn`t seem to be serious about solving the
issue by according reservation to the community. We will wait
till tomorrow. If government does not take concrete step in
this direction, we will not stop and intensify the agitation
throughout the state," he said.

He also directed his colleagues in different states to
mobilize maximum support of the people for the agitation.

"Thousands of Gujjars attended the Mahapanchayat. They
are taking rest at the same village and will leave for a
nearby Madanpur village tomorrow morning," Bainsla said.

He also announced that he had decided to quit BJP in the
interest of the community as the authenticity of his
leadership was being questioned by the state government.

"Chief Minister was repeatedly alleging that I was
misguiding my community people and doing the stir for mere
political milage and benefits. So I decided to quit the party.
Now I am feeling very light and relaxed after announcing
this," Bainsla said over phone.

Another leader Harprasad threatened that the agitation
may now take an ugly and violent turn and the state government
would be solely responsible for this.

Gujjars are demanding five per cent reservation in jobs
under Special Backward Class which includes Gujjar, Banjara,
Raika, Rebari and Gadia Lohar communities.

Bainsla along with his supporters has held several
rounds of meeting with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and State
Energy Minister Jitendra Singh and State Home Minister Shanti
Dhariwal in recent past to solve the issue, but the talks were
inconclusive.

The state government had last month constituted the
I S Israni Committee as directed by the Rajasthan High Court
to look into the demand.

The committee after hearing all the sides submitted its
report earlier today to the High Court in which it has
recommended granting quota and special backward class status
to the community.

The High Court had last year struck down the five per
cent reservation for the community observing that the measure
would exceed the 50 per cent reservation cap.

PTI