Jaipur: Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla
toady held a meeting with Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok
Gehlot and termed as "conclusive" the talks on the reservation
demand of the community.
After the meeting at Gehlot`s residence which lasted
over three hours, Bainsla told reporters that the meeting was
"conclusive and heading in a positive direction".
He said the government has already agreed to give five
percent quota to Gujjars, but execution is still awaited. So
he demanded that it should be implemented at the earliest.
However, he did not divulge further details and said he
would announce anything regarding the ongoing agitation later.
Other Gujjar leaders said Bainsla was satisfied with the
meeting and would discuss with community people at Madanpur
near Bayana in Bharatpur later today, after which he might
call off the agitation if they agreed.
State Energy Minister Jitendra Singh, Industry Minister
Rajendra Pareek and Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal were also
present in the meeting.
Bainsla had on Monday given an `ultimatum` to the state
government to take decision on the reservation demand, which
ended today. He had threatened to intensify the ongoing
agitation if the government did not take any substantial move
to accord the reservation.
After the meeting, Bainsla left for Bharatpur.
Presently, hundreds of Gujjars are on `Mahapadav`
(sit-in) at Sikandara in Dausa and Madanpur in Bhatpur while a
few others at Tonk, Ajmer and Jhunjhunu.
Gujjars are demanding five per cent reservation under
SBC which included Bajara, Raika, Rebari and Gadia Luhar
community and also a stay on recruitment in state services
till the reservation issue resolves.
The High Court-appointed I S Israni committee to look
into the reservation demand of Gujjars in Rajasthan has also
recommended the government to grant quota and special backward
class status to the community.
The High Court had last year, however, struck down the
five per cent reservation for the community (as recommended by
the Jasraj Chopra Committee) observing that the measure would
exceed the 50 per cent reservation cap.