Jaipur: Talks between Gujjars and the
Rajasthan government on the reservation issue failed tonight
as neither side could agree on a formula to end the ongoing
sit-in by the community at Hindon in Karauli district.
Two rounds of talks were held between a Gujjar
delegation and Rajasthan government emissaries -- Energy
Minister Jitendra Singh and Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal.
The Rajasthan Gujjar Arkashan Sangarsh Samiti is on a
sit-in at Hindon demanding five per cent quota for the
community in state government jobs.
A 14-member delegation led by Harprasad and Roop Singh
was brought by vehicle from Hindon`s college ground where the
Samiti is holding a `padav` (sit-in) for talks at the
residence of Singh late in the evening.
After over eighty-five minutes of a round of talks
with the emissaries, the Gujjar delegation left, telling the
media that the talks had "failed" as the government was not
prepared to resolve the issue.
Immediately, the two ministers took the members inside
the room, asking them to wait for a while.
Then Singh and Dhariwal rushed to Chief Minister Ashok
Gehlot`s residence to apprise him of the talks.
The second round of talks did not last even thirty
minutes and the delegation walked out.
Roop Singh and Harprasad alleged the Gehlot
government had not done any homework despite the Gujjars
deferring their agitation by 12 days and even not taken any
legal advice from experts.
"We will go back to Hindon to follow the instructions
of Kirori Singh Bainsla who already has given an ultimatum to
the government till tomorrow morning to resolve the impasse,"
the duo told reporters.
"The Gehlot government has no willpower to address
our demands and wants to keep them hanging in balance for
ever," they said.
Singh told the media that the talks were abruptly
stopped due to the "Gujjar leaders" and "we will try our best
to find a solution".
"A decision to provide 5 per cent quota to Gujjars
and three other communities -- Banjara, Gardia Luhar and
Rebari cannot be taken in five minutes. The case is pending in
the (Rajasthan) High Court."
"We are trying to keep communication with Bainsla who
is in Hindon," the minister said.