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Gujjars issue threat over quota bill
JAIPUR, JUL 26 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 27 Jul. 2009 1:41 AM IST
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The Gujjars in Rajasthan have threatened to go start an agitation if the state Governor doesn’t approve the bill that gives them 5 per cent quota. Community leaders say they start an agitation if the Rajasthan government doesn’t meet their demands within 24 hours. The Gujjars were promised 5 per cent reservations last year and the bill is pending with Governor since then. Earlier on Sunday, demanding Scheduled Tribe status, the Gujjars began their mahapanchayat (grand sit-in) at Rajasthan’s Karuali district amid tight security cover. About 4,000 community members led by Kirori Singh Bainsla gathered at the Penchla-mod ground, about 10 km from Hindon city, ADG (law and order) Navdeep Singh said. There was no report of any untoward incident, he said, adding that prohibitory orders under section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) were in force since Saturday in Karuali and adjoining districts of Sawaimadhopur, Dausa, Dholpur, Bharatpur and parts of Jaipur rural. Bainsla is angry that despite the former Raje government passing a bill in the state assembly to give five per cent quotas to Gujjars, the Gehlot government has done nothing to push the Governor to pass the bill. “Our demand is absolutely genuine. If we are not given justice now, we will have to revive our agitation. We may then be compelled to take many steps that we are not really keen to initiate,” said Colonel Bainsla. After Bainsla announced the Gujjar Mahapanchayat, the Gehlot government invited him for talks. But just before he was to meet Ashok Gehlot, on Friday Col Bainsla suddenly left Jaipur. (With PTI inputs)

 
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