Don’t give in, Meena MLAs warn Raje
Two ministers and eight MLAs from the Meena community met Vasundhara Raje, asking her not to recommend the inclusion of Gujjars in the ST category, reports KS Tomar.delhi Updated: Jun 02, 2007 17:34 IST
Two ministers and eight MLAs from the Meena community met Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday, asking her not to recommend the inclusion of Gujjars in the Scheduled Tribe category.
The pressure from the Meena MLAs belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party also delayed the fourth round of talks between leaders of the Gujjar Sanghrash Samiti (GSS) and the ministerial team.
Chairman of the GSS, Colonel Kirori Singh Baisela, feared “the direct clashes with the Meenas may derail the peace process”. He said: “The state government and the Centre must take immediate measures to check the conflict.”
On the other hand, Dr Kirori Lal Meena, who led the MLA delegation to the chief minister on Friday, said they had “apprised Raje of the feelings of the Meena community and requested her to give top priority to restore law and order”.
“We clearly told the chief minister not to succumb to the pressure of the Gujjars and not to accept their demand that their case be recommended to the Centre,” he said. Kirori added that the “ministers and MLAs also informed her about the anarchy created by the Gujjars that needed to be crushed with an iron hand”.
Other delegation members said the government should call in the army and paramilitary forces to control the anti-social elements, who were destroying public property.
The delegation included minister of state for finance Virendra Meena, Raghubir Singh Meena from the Congress, Murari Lal from the BSP and others from BJP including Ram Kishan Meena, Sabji Ram Meena, Kanti Lal Meena, Kanhiyia Lall Meena, Hem Raj Meena, and Nand Lal Meena.