After the failure of his talks with Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Gurjar leader Col Bainsala announced on Sunday that the Gurjars would march to Jaipur on April 3 to force the state government accept their demand for five per cent reservation in jobs.
Announcing this at Gazipur 161 Kms east of Jaipur, Gujjar leader, Col Kirori Singh Bainsala said “farmers are busy with the harvest and that is why we are planning the march after five days. The march will be disciplined and non-violent,” he said.
On the talks, he said, “I did my best. It is unfortunate that the chief minister did not agree to any of our proposals. The chief minister was not prepared to concede our demands. So we have no option left.”
Bainsala said the mahapadavs or sit-ins at various places like Tonk, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Sirohi and Pali would continue simultaneously. .
Chief minister Gehlot said on the other hand, “the state government is committed to resolve the Gujjar issue and we should make efforts to maintain peace and harmony." He added "we want to solve the Gujjar issue through dialogue and government is sincerely making efforts to achieve this goal”
Bainsala, who arrived in Jaipur on Saturday morning, met Gehlot in the evening on the issue of five per cent reservation for Gurjars. However, after two hours of talks that ended around 10 pm, the leaders failed to arrive at a solution. Late Saturday, the Gurjar leaders returned to Gazipur, chief minister Gehlot said.
Bainsala met with his aides in Gazipur on Sunday and briefed them about the talks with the chief minister. He also held one-to-one talks with his legal advisor Dr Surat Singh.
Bainsala’s close aide Dr Roop Singh said that the chief minister told Bainsala that the issue of reservation was sub judice and nothing could be done. The chief minister also said that selection in 80,000 jobs could not be stopped and outlined the schemes given for especially backward classes in the 2010-11 Budget.