Bainsala turns down Raje’s offer of talks
Kirori Singh Bainsala rejects Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s offer for a dialogue to find a solution to the Gujjar impasse, report KS Tomar, Siddhartha S Bose and Veer Jain.jaipur Updated: May 26, 2008 01:38 IST
Chairman Rajasthan Arakshan Samiti Col Kirori Singh Bainsala on Sunday rejected Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s offer for a dialogue to find a solution to the Gujjar impasse. “I want a two-line letter from the state government about inclusion of the community in ST category… Why does the government want to talk to me? The Gujjars’ demand is simple and clear,” said a visibly upset Bainsala.
Raje said the government is open for talks, but Bainsala did not turn up for a dialogue till evening.
Meanwhile, four persons injured in Sikandra police firing passed away on Sunday taking the death toll from 17 to 21. The total official toll is now 37, which includes 16 of Piloo Ka Pura village in Bharatpur.
Several towns such as Kekri, Pinsagan, Vijaynagar, Masooda witnessed total bandh in response to the call given by Arakshan Samiti. Army has been deployed at Bharatpur, Dausa, Karauli and Sawaimadhopur to maintain strict vigil.
Raje too, conducted an aerial survey of violence-torn Bayana and landed at Piloo ka Pura where Bainsala is protesting with his supporters.
Before flying to Bayana she told reporters, “We are being patient with the demonstrators so far, but if our patience is tested beyond a point then we will not hesitate to take action against law breakers.”
Congress MP Sachin Pilot, who visited local SMS hospital and enquired about the health of the injured, demanded that the BJP government should quit office on moral and constitutional ground.
He told mediapersons, “The police fired at the protesters at Bayana to teach them a lesson, which is most unfortunate and unpardonable”.