Quota row: Talks between Gujjars-Raj govt resume
Jaipur: Fresh talks are on between the Gujjars demanding reservation in jobs and the Rajasthan
government to end the 17-day-long standoff even as both sides
expressed optimism about the outcome of the talks.
A delegation led by Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla
is holding the sixth round of parleys with a committee of
ministers comprising Energy Minister Jitendra Sigh, Home
Minister Shanti Dhariwal and Transport Minister B K Sharma,
official sources said.
According to the sources, the negotiations are at a
final state and Gujjars may call off their agitation after the
Roop Singh, Bainsla's aide said, "Today's meeting with
the government is focused on only two points - five per cent
reservation and withdrawal of cases against the agitators, and
a positive outcome is expected today."
Bainsla may also meet Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot
after this meeting.
Last night, Gujjars and state Energy Minister Jitendra
Singh had made positive noises after the 5th round of talks
but consensus eluded the two sides on the main demand of five
per cent quota in state jobs for the community.
"I have come with an open mind to meet the government.
We want a permanent solution because lot of people have to
suffer along with the community. We hope that the issue would
be resolved. General opinion has been formed on majority of
the issues," Bainsala said late last night.
The first and second round of talks to end the deadlock took place at Pilukapura and Bayana in Bharatpur district while the third and fourth round of meetings between
the two sides were held in Jaipur.
Bainsla arrived here last evening to attend the fifth
round of talks and met Singh at his official residence along
with his community people.
The agitation, which began on December 20, has seen
the Gujjars blocking several rail and road routes, causing
harship to people and loss to various industries in the state.
The agitators have been blocking Mumbai-Delhi rail
tracks at Pilukapura in Bharatpur, and Jaipur-Agra National
Highway at Dausa and several other roads in support of their