The possibilities of a renewed Gujjar agitation loomed large as the second round of talks between the community and the Rajasthan government failed on Monday.
The talks were on 4% reservation in government jobs for the community and withdrawal of cases against participants in the earlier Gujjar movement. The movement has been going on since 2007.
A 60-member delegation of the community held talks with state government representatives for three hours on Monday, which apparently could not reach conclusion.
The head of the Gujjar delegation, Shreeram Bainsla, called the talks a failure.
He said there was
noconsensus on banning recruitments by the government as long as the matter
was not resolved politically and judicially. The issue of
reservation is now being heard at the Rajasthan high court as well.
“We had demanded the removal of all cases against Gujjars (arrested) by the police since the agitation started in 2007 and 4% reservation … but the government is not agreeing,” he said.
However, state home minister Shanti Dhariwal said the meeting was fruitful. “The talks with the community will continue and the unresolved issues will be put before the chief minister,” he said.
This round of the Gujjar agitation has been going on for the past 15 days and the members are frequently blocking traffic in Rajasthan.
The railways have accrued a loss of R1, 500 crore on account of the unrest, the ministry’s estimates say.