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Bainsla says he is ready to talk to Raje

The Gujjar leader says he is ready to hold talks with the Rajasthan CM if she shows 'inclination and a positive attitude' over the quota issue.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Jaipur
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2008 09:20 PM IST

In an apparent softening of stand, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, leading an agitation by the community pressing for ST status, on Saturday said he was prepared to hold talks with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje if she showed "inclination and a positive attitude".

"Mukhyamantri manas to banye, main tayaar hoon (let the Chief Minister make up her mind for talks, I am ready)", Bainsla, spearheading agitation for nine days, told PTI over phone from Karwady where he is camping along with his supporters for the last nine days.

When it was pointed out to him that the state government has already recommended to the Centre four to six per cent reservation for Gujjars, he said he has not received any letter to this effect.

In reply to a question, the Gujjar patriach said as soon as he received the letter in which six per cent quota has been recommended he would call off the agitation.

Reminded that under Article 342 of the Constitution, only the Centre is empowered to take a decision on the matter, Bainsala said, "Let the state government send the letter first, we shall see it."

Asked when he would call off the agitation since the situation has become "chaotic" and people have suffered, he said he was ready to call off the stir agitation and hold dialogue with the Chief Minister once he received the copy of the recommendation letter.

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