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Bainsla accepts CM's offer of talks but sit-in to continue

jaipur Updated: Jul 27, 2009 22:41 IST

Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, who has been threatening to revive an agitation to press for quota, on Monday accepted an offer of talks from Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot even as the community extended a sit-in by thousands of its members by another day.

Seeking to defuse the situation after the Gujjar leader sounded a 24-hour ultimatum on Sunday over clearance to a pending reservation bill, Gehlot said that his government had agreed, in principle ,to five per cent quota for the community and other castes and invited Bainsla for dialogue.

Bainsla, who is leading the "mahapadav" (sit-in) which entered the second day at Penchla-mod in Rajasthan's Karauli district, 200 km from Jaipur, said he had accepted Gehlot's invitation and a delegation would go to the CM's Office.

However, Bainsla said the sit-in will continue for next 24 hours and asked the community members to stay put in the village.

"We have been requesting the Congress government for the last eight months to get the reservation bill cleared, to pursue the matter and get assent of Raj Bhawan at the earliest," he told the gathering.

"There could be one-to-one talks or a delegation will meet the Chief Minister," he said.

The Rajasthan SC, ST, OBC, Special Backward classes, and Economically Backward Classes Bill-2008, which was passed in the Assembly in July last year following a violent agitation by Gujjars to press for Scheduled Tribe status that claimed 47 lives, is awaiting the Governor's assent.