Gujjars demand Cong leaders to intervene in talks

Gujjars have been agitating for five % reservation in state jobs.

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

"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

"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

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.


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