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Raje should come to us for talks: Bainsla

As tension prevails in Rajasthan, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla toughens stand against the state Govt.
PTI | By Neelabh Srivastava, Karwadi (rajasthan)
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2008 05:05 PM IST

Toughening his stand against the state government, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla on Monday demanded that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should come to the agitation site and hold talks with the community members on the demand for ST status.

There is no question of "relenting" this time, Bainsla said, adding, "If we do, then history will call us cowards". "Only Chief Minister Raje should come and talk to the community members present here. After all, we are her own people," Bainsala told PTI.

He strongly disapproved of representatives of the government holding talks with the Gujjar community. Accusing Raje of lacking "courage of conviction", Bainsla said, "It is the responsibility of the head of an elected government to come and listen to the grievances of the people."

Contesting Raje's claim that she tried to contact him on Sunday from Bayana, the Gujjar leader said "no efforts were made from the CM's side to contact me."

Raje flew to Bayana on Sunday and stayed put for about 40 minutes in an attempt to hold talks with Bainsla who was here, about 15 km from Bayana, officials said.

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