Gujjar leader agrees to meet Raje for talks
Reversing his earlier decision, Bhainsala now says he would love to meet the CM as the situation has stabilised.Updated: Jun 03, 2007 20:10 IST
Reversing his earlier decision, Gujjar leader Colonel (retd) Kirori Singh Bhainsala on Sunday agreeed to meet chief minister Vasundhara Raje again for talks to defuse the situation as the caste cauldron in Rajasthan remained largely incident-free.
"Yes, now situation has stabilised and vehicles, which were held up have been released. So there is an improvement in the situation and I would love to have negotiation for the betterment of the people," Col Bhainsala said as he headed to Jaipur for talks.
Earlier, Colonel Bhainsala had refused to meet the chief minister following the torching of food bags meant for protestors. "I would not go to Jaipur to hold talks with the CM unless the atmosphere is congenial," he said.
State Home Secretary VS Singh said, "A group of people intercepted a truck carrying some food bags and burnt down them after removing from the vehicle. Later, the police chased them, but they fled. The state government would provide security, if required, to Colonel Bhainsala to reach Jaipur," Singh added.
Reacting to the torching of food bags, Colonel Bhainsala said, "It is a question of logistics being provided by villagers to those sitting on protest in open field with mercury rising above 44 degree celsius, and unfortunately the food was destroyed under the police protection at Balaji Mode in Dausa district.
First Published: Jun 03, 2007 17:22 IST