Gujjars demand Cong leaders to intervene in talks
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 01, 2011, 00:20
Jaipur: In a flip-flop after agreeing for a third round of talks with the Rajasthan Government on the quota issue, agitating Gujjars on Friday demanded the intervention of Congress leaders from the community before they could hold fresh parleys in a bid to end their 12-day stir.

The third round of the talks between the Gujjars and the state goverment is likely to take place here tomorrow, official sources said tonight.

However, the Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla neither denied nor confirmed the schedule of the meeting.

A 21-member Gujjar delegation was supposed to meet a committee of ministers comprising Energy Minister Jitendra Singh, Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal and Transport Minister B K Sharma here today, but the protesters instead decided to rope in Gujjar leaders in ruling Congress ahead of the fresh negotiations.

"I said last night and today again that we are ready for the talks, but, before that, we want to know about the response of Congress leaders who are from our community, including Sachin Pilot, in resolving the issue," Bainsala said at Pilukapura, the epicentre of the agitation, in Bayana in Bharatpur district.

"After getting their response and feedback about their party's intention regarding the issue, we would send our delegation to Jaipur," he said.

Official sources privy to the developments told PTI that Dr. Jitendra Singh, Sachin Pilot and other Gujjar leaders of Congress would be meeting here late tonight to discuss the issue.

"What the outcome of the meeting is would be shared with Gujjars (telephonically) and after that, the 21-member delegation of Gujjars is likely to come here tomorrow for the negotiations," the sources said.

"Both the sides are positive and ready for the talks and hopefully would be able to reach a consensus on the demand," the sources said.

Roop Singh, Bainsla's aide, said, "there is no fresh development as we are waiting for a formal invitation from the government and response from the Congress leaders of our community."

G S Sandhu, a senior IAS official and government emissary at Bayana said, "We have already given them (Gujjar leaders) invitation to meet the state ministers at Jaipur to discuss the issue. They also confirmed us this morning, but still there is no development and we are also waiting for their response."

Besides five per cent reservation in state jobs, the community members are demanding release of Gujjar agitators from jails, withdrawal of cases against them and compensation to the families of those killed in previous agitations.


First Published: Saturday, January 01, 2011, 00:20

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