Gujjar quota: Rajasthan Govt invites Bainsla for talks
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 23:47
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government on Sunday night invited for talks Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, who is demanding a five per cent quota in state jobs for his community.

A CMO spokesman said Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has invited the Gujjar leader for talks to resolve the issue and the message has been communicated to Bainsla, who is leading a march on the issue, through the District Collector of Karauli Neeraj K Pawan.

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

Earlier, amid tight security, hundreds of Gujjars led by Bainsla began their march from Gudla village, 400 km from here, demanding five per cent quota in state jobs for the community.

The Gujjars, who shouted anti-government slogans, started their march for Hindon city, about 20 km from Gudla, this afternoon, Karauli Superintendent of Police Mahendra Singh Choudhary said.

The marchers halted at a college ground near Karauli in the evening, the SP said.

Authorities made unprecedented security arrangements with thousands of armed policemen, including RAC jawans, being deployed on either side of the highway, he said.

Bainsla had last month decided to undertake a march to Jaipur if the Gujjar's demand for reservation was not met by March 26. However, the march was postponed following government's invitation to hold talks.

Yesterday, while addressing a mahapanchayat at Gudla village, Bainsla had said the deadline of April 1 for Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot to fulfil the promise he made on quota for Gujjars had expired.

"As the entire quota bill was stayed in the High Court, the Gehlot government has assured to take care of the community by reserving five per cent vacant seats for us," Bainsla said.

Gujjars had held a sit-in demanding five per cent reservation for especially backward classes (Gujjars, Banjara, Gadia Luhar, Raika and Rebari) on March 23 at Gazipur in Dausa district.

Nearly 70 people were killed in violent agitations in 2007-08 on the issue of quota for Gujjars.


First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010, 23:47

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