Quota: Cracked Gujjar leadership forms panel

The Gujjar community is demanding 5 per cent reservation in govt jobs and educational institutions.

Zeenews Bureau

Jaipur: Ignoring repeated appeals by the Rajasthan Chief Minister for calling off their stir over 5% reservations in government jobs, Gujjars on Wednesday held a mahapanchayat to discuss the future course of action on the issue.

According to reports, during the mahapanchayat, the top Gujjar leaders agreed to form an eight-member panel to represent the community at various state and central level talks in future.

As per reports, the members of the All India Yuva Gujjar Mahasabha first held a meeting at the Jantar Mantar in the afternoon over the issue of reservations for the Gujjar community.

The meeting at the Jantar Mantar was then followed by a mahapanchayat in Faridabad, which was attended by the top leaders of the community from Haryana, Rajasthan, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

During the mahapanchayat, it was decided that a delegation of the Gujjar leaders will meet President Pratibha Patil and submit a memorandum highlighting the concerns of the community and their demand for a 5% reservation in government jobs and academic institutions.

Even as differences have started emerging among the community leadership, members of the Gujjar community continued their agitation and lead protest marches in various parts of the national capital region and blocked the National Highway No-8 to press the government to take into account the problems faced by the community.

Some 300 members of the Gujjar community were booked for vandalism and causing damage to the government property in Ajmer.

Today, which is the tenth day of the current agitation, the Gujjars disrupted several key rail and road routes in Delhi even as cracks seem to have emerged in the community leadership.

Meanwhile, a few hundred Gujjars blocked the Pari Chowk traffic in Greater Noida for half an hour. Road blockade was also reported from Dadri and Jewar.

Several rail and road routes in Bharatpur, Dausa, Karauli, Dholpur and Sawaimadhopur districts as well as nearby areas were blocked by the community causing hardship to the

Differences among Gujjars (leaders) emerged after which no talks could take place yesterday.

The agitators have told Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla that no decision
will be taken unilaterally by him and they will vacate the rail tracks only after getting full five per cent reservation.

No talks between the government and the agitators could take place since Sunday when the state Energy Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, also a Gujjar, met the agitators at
Pilukapura and tried to convince his community people to call off the agitation saying the government was committed to meet their demands but there were some limitations as the matter was sub-judice.
But the agitators did not agree and Bainsla on behalf of the community gave the government an ultimatum to fulfil their demands within seven days.

He threatened to intensify the stir if the community did not get reservation in seven days.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehot, Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal have repeatedly appealed the Gujjars to understand the situation and call off the stir.

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