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Talks between state govt, Bainsala begin

A much awaited dialogue between a Gujjar delegation led by Col Kirori Singh Bainsala and three member ministerial committee began at Rajasthan secretariat on Saturday to find out the solution of Gujjars'demand to provide 5 percent reservation in the government jobs.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2010 19:12 IST
K S Tomar

A much awaited dialogue between a Gujjar delegation led by Col Kirori Singh Bainsala and three member ministerial committee began at Rajasthan secretariat on Saturday to find out the solution of Gujjars'demand to provide five percent reservation in the government jobs.

Col Bainsala will hold final round of talks with Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot if any tangible solution was found out by the both sides.

Col Bainsala along with his close aids had reached Jaipur in the afternoon and went to secretariat after receiving an invitation from the government to start the dialogue.

Prior to entering the conference hall in the secretariat , Col Bainsala told HT “I am optimist about the outcome of the talks with the ministerial committee which will lead to the final discussion with the chief minister to clinch the issue of jobs reservations in the government.”

Col Baiansala had sent a delegation to Jaipur on Friday which held the first round of talks with the state government nominees to find a via media on the Gurjar demand for five per cent reservation and providing the government breathing space from a possibly violent agitation.

An 11 member-delegation was accompanied by the collectors of Karauli and Dausa.

State power minister Jitendra Singh, state transport minister Brij Kishore Sharma, home secretary Pradeep Sen and other officials were present from the government side for the talks that took place in the Vidhan Sabha.

After the dialogue, two senior ministers-- Singh and Sharma said that talks were held in a cordial atmosphere and both side tried to narrow down the difference on various demands of agitating community.

Meanwhile ,the 'mahapadav' by the Gurjar community in Alwar, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Pali, Sirohi and Gazipur continued. The people who had gathered at the various places were waiting for the outcome of the talks and directions from Col Bainsala for the next move.

Going by the number of people who have assembled at Gazipur ,110 Kms and east of jaipur , Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla is up for a disappointment.

But those who have turned up seem determined to convey a strong message to the government.

Sitting in the open under scorching sun, 80-year-old Mangi Lal, a resident of Gajipur Khawda, said, “Goli chala do chati par, par arakshan de do (shoot us in the chest, but give us reservation). We are fighting for our rights.”

“Parties don’t matter. Congress or Bharatiya Janta Party, they all are same. All we need is the five per cent reservation,” Lal said, puffing a beedi.

Attar Singh Tajpur, the district president of Arakshan Samiti, Karauli, was more emphatic. He said, “We just want five per cent reservation. That’s it. We don’t know if it is court or the government is facing some other hurdles. We are illiterate and we just know that it is our right and it should be given to us.”

A majority of the protesters were sitting, chatting and puffing hooka in a leisurely manner, and occasionally listening to the latest updates on talks between the community and the government in Jaipur.

Addressing a group of youth, Attar Singh Chavari, president of Morcha of Arakshan Samiti, said, “We have to abide by the directions of our leader, Bainsla. We are fighting for our community’s right.”

Jag Mohan Gurjar, a youth, apparently not aware of Bainsla’s insistence of Gandhian way of agitation, said, “This will be our final take. The agitation would be more aggressive than the last one, if government doesn’t accept our demands.”

Gajipur Khawda (Dausa):

The men in uniform could be seen on all roads leading to Jaipur. Tight security arrangments were made looking into the warning of Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla, who would march to Jaipur along with people of his community over the reservation issue, if current talk fails.

Barricading has been done at various places in the city, along with at the entry points to the city. Heavy police force has been deployed at various places.

Jaipur Range Inspector General of Police BL Soni said, “We have beefed up the security. Senior officers have been deployed at all roads leading to Jaipur and we are keeping a watch on the situation.”

“There is deployment of sufficient police personnel to stop any untoward incident and breach of peace. We will take action depending on the situation,” he added.

During the last Gujjar agitation in May 2008, Railways suffered heavy damages as Gujjar protesters stopped the railway track and even uprooted the rails.

Looking to the previous experience, the North Western Railway (NWR) has taken certain precautionary measures.

NWR chief public relations officer Lalit Bohra said that railway officers have set up a control room to keep a vigil on the situation.

Gujjars demands ---5 percent reservation in government jobs, Withdrawal of cases registered against protestors during previous gujjar agitation in 2008 ,compensation to those killed owing to police firing, jobs to kin of the dceased and relase of jailed leaders.