Hardik Patel to join Gujjar stir in Bharatpur
Gujarat’s Patidar leader Hardik Patel will take part in the Gujjar agitation for quota in Bharatpur.
Gujjar Sangharsh Samiti’s spokesperson Himmat Singh on Monday confirmed that Patel will join the protests. The main point of the stir, which will begin on May 15, will be Adda village, under Bayana sub-division in Bharatpur.
Gujjar leaders will start contacting people of all villages in Bayana block to invite them to gather in large numbers to make the agitation successful, Singh said.
The Gujjars have been demanding reservation under “special backward classes” which, according to them, should be within the 50% overall quota approved by the Supreme Court.
The government has already issued 1% quota under the Special Backward Class (SBC) category to Gujjars community but they are demanding 4% more.
The high court had quashed them, including five other castes from Special Backward Class category, on December 9, 2016. Later, the state government constituted a high-power committee to launch a new survey and then offered them 1% reservation.
Gujjar leaders said the agitation was cancelled on May 28, 2015, at Peelupura after a compromise with the government.
Divisional commissioner of Bharatpur Suvir Kumar said that all administrative and police officials have been asked to remain alert to maintain law and order after the announcement of Gujjar agitation.
“I had a meeting with officials in the divisional commissioner’s office and I have directed them to oversee the situation,” Kumar said.