Gujjars demand quota in central jobs

Gujjars are demanding reservation in central jobs and commissioning of a regiment in the army.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 14:02 IST

Reservation in central jobs and commissioning of a regiment in the army are some of the demands that the Gujjar community will make in a show of strength rally which is being organisedin New Delhion December 17.

The rally is being organised keeping an eye on the upcoming UP elections. Gujjar strongman and Congress MP from Faridabad Avtar Singh Bhadana said Gujjars despite being more backward than many other communities were being overlooked by state and central governments.

"To uplift the community from its backwardness we demand OBC quota in central jobs and educational institutions and a Gujjar regiment in the army to better reflect the sacrifices made by the community over the years" Bhadana told reporters.

Other demands of the community include better representation in the Parliament and OBC quota for the community in Rajasthan and MP.

"Gujjars play a decisive role in as many as 45 Lok Sabha seats and many Assembly seats as well but we have only two MPs in the Lok Sabha and this number needs to increase," he said.

The community which is considered as the votebank of the Congress will give a referendum to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi after the rally, which is being organised at Commonwealth Games Grounds in New Delhi.

First Published: Dec 15, 2006 14:02 IST