Gujjars may revive agitation as talks fails
The chances of the revival of Gujjars agitation looked strong following the failure of the dialogue between Gujjar leaders and two cabinet ministers, reports KS Tomar.Updated: Sep 07, 2007, 20:23 IST
The chances of the revival of Gujjars agitation looked strong following the failure of the dialogue between Gujjar leaders and two cabinet ministers over the extension of the report by the Chopra Commission into the validity of the community’s demand to get ST status.
Gujjars Sanghrash Samiti chairman Kirori Singh Bainsala did not participate in the negotiations with the government and sent his second rung leaders to hold talks with home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and health minister Dr Digambar Singh.
The dialogue broke down as Gujjar leaders were adamant on their stand not to give any extension to Chopra Commission, which must submit its final report by September 12.
Bainsala and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had signed an agreement on June 4, 2007 and agreed to constitute a judicial commission, which would submit its report before September 12.
Bainsala told The Hindustan Times that the state government must ensure the submission of the report by Chopra Commission by September 12th otherwise Gujjars would take the final decision to revive the agitation on September 13 at Dholpur, the home district of the chief minister.
“The entire community is impatient to know the stand of the commission about the ST demand and it would be impossible to stop them from re-launching the agitation,” Bainsala added.
“Chopra Commission has sought an extension till December 2007, as it would not be possible to complete the gigantic task of finalising the report by September 12. But it is unacceptable to the Gujjar leaders,” Kataria said.
Congress MP Sachin Pilot said that Gujjars qualified for their inclusion in ST category, which was evident from the documents submitted by them.
“I will participate in the Gujjars Maha Panchayat being organised at Dholpur to chalk out the future strategy of the agitation,” he added.