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Gujjars say talks moving in positive direction

PTI  Jaipur, December 31, 2010
First Published: 01:03 IST(31/12/2010) | Last Updated: 01:04 IST(31/12/2010)

Agitating Gujjars in Rajasthan, demanding five per cent quota in state jobs, on Thursday held second round of talks with the government after which the two sides said that the negotiations were moving in the positive direction.

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"The meeting was held amicably and the community is ready for next round of talks. We have requested all of our public representatives including MP Sachin Pilot and state minister Jitendra Singh to discuss the issue with the community here, and then a collective decision will be taken regarding the time and venue of the next meeting," Roop Singh, a close aide of Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, said.

Singh also said that the talks were heading in a positive direction.

However, he maintained that Gujjars will continue to block the rail tracks till the matter is solved.

"The meeting was held in a cordial manner and another round of talks is likely to be held soon. Gujjars are satisfied on several other matters but the 5 per cent reservation issue is yet to be resovled," G S Sandhu, Principal Secretary Urban Development, said after holding the meeting.

"We have given them nine points of discussion and they after sharing it with their people would decide about the next meeting," he said.

"Developments are positive and we hope that the issue would be resolved soon," he said.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of Gujjars met government emissaries at a village near the agitation site and disscused their demands including 5 per cent reservation in state jobs, compensation to the family of those killed in the past agitations, withdrawal of cases against protesters, and sought assurance from the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other leaders on the issue.

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla asked all the MLAs, MPs and other public representatives of the community to discuss the quota issue at Pilukapura before the next round of talks with the government in order to resolve the issue in a positive manner.


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