The Gurjar struggle for job quotas took a dramatic turn on Monday, with a judicial panel upholding their demand and Kirori Singh Bainsala, their tallest leader, quitting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The Justice Israni Committee recommended on Monday that the Congress government
grant special backward class status and five per cent job reservation to Gurjars in Rajasthan.
Earlier, the high court appointed the panel to look into the community’s demand for quota in state government jobs.
Bainsala, the convenor of Gurjar Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (Gurjar Reservation Struggle Committee), welcomed the report and gave the Gehlot government a two-day ultimatum to resolve the reservation issue.
He also said he was leaving the BJP, which he had joined recently, because the Congress had called him a stooge of the saffron party.
But the timing of his resignation suggests he is hoping to unite the community to press the government to implement the Israni Committee report.