The second round of talks between the Rajasthan government and a 28-member Gujjar delegation in Jaipur on Friday afternoon ended on an optimistic note. Both sides agreed to meet again on Saturday to thrash out remaining issues.
Emerging from the meeting, Gujjar delegation leader Dr Masood Chaudhry said, “We officially put forth our demands… A final decision about solutions will be taken by Col Kirori Singh Bainsala,” said Dr Masood, a retired IPS officer and vice-chancellor, Poonch university, Jammu and Kashmir.
Head of the government delegation and national BJP treasurer Ram Das Agarwal said, “The discussion was held in a cordial atmosphere and the government will reply to every demand raised by the Gujjars in the third round of talks tomorrow.”
The Gujjar delegation had members from Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. The state team is headed by Agarwal, and comprises four ministers, three bureaucrats and state BJP chief Om Parkash Mathur.
At Piloopura, Bainsala said: “I am sure both sides will adopt a flexible attitude… the Gujjar delegation has gone with an open mind and I will take part in negotiations when the opportunity arises.”