Gujjar quota: Gehlot offers talks but Bainsla reluctant
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Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010, 17:43
Jaipur: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's bid to resolve through dialogue the standoff over Gujjars' demand for quota in state jobs today received a cold response from their leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, who continued his sit-in.

Bainsla, who launched a protest march yesterday to step up pressure on Rajasthan government over their demand for five per cent reservation in government jobs, is sitting on a dharna along with hundreds of supporters at a college ground in Hindon, 350 kms from here.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot last night invited Bainsla for talks. The gujjar leader had last month too announced a march to Jaipur but it was postponed after government invited him for talks.

"Gujjars are tired of repeated talks and want to settle the demand right on the spot," Jagram Singh, a close aide of Bainsla said on phone from Hindon, over the government's latest invitation for dialogue

"Protestors asked Bainsla to stay back, and anyone who wants to hold talks should come at this place," Singh said.

"The state government should first meet the Gujjars' demand of five per cent quota in state jobs as promised by the Chief Minister on April 1 last," Singh said, adding the time limit of one week which the two sides had agreed to had already expired.

Meanwhile, Karauli Collector Neeraj K Pawan was holding talks with Bainsla and trying to convince him to accept government's invite.

Pawan said that the talks were being held in positive mood and now the Gujjar leader has to take final decision on accepting the invitation.

Energy Minister Jitender Singh, who is the government intermediary in the matter, has also appealed to the Gujjars to maintain peace and harmony in the state.

Amid tight security, hundreds of Gujjars led by Bainsla, yesterday took out a march from Gudla village in Karauli district and halted at the college ground in the evening.


First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010, 17:43

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