Jaipur: Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (GASS) leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, who is spearheading the ongoing agitation by the Gujjar community demanding 5 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutes, on Monday said that the agitation will be called only after the government agrees to their demand.
“We will leave only after getting 5% reservation. It’s my personal request to govt, don’t do anything which can provoke people of Rajasthan, people are waiting for my instructions. let’s sort it out in a peaceful manner. The earlier the better,” he said.
The statement by Bainsla came after the state government called him for dialogue and requesting the community to protest peacefully and not resort to violence.
The agitation entered the fourth day today with the Gujjar community members blocking National Highway-11, which connects Jaipur with Agra, in Rajasthan’s Dausa district.
The protests had turned violent on Sunday when shots were fired and police vehicles were torched in Dholpur district, forcing authorities to impose prohibitory orders under CrPc section 144 in Dholpur and Karauli districts. It still remains in force in the areas.
On Monday, the agitators blocked NH-11 and continued their blockade from previous days at other places. Since the agitation began on Friday, it has affected the movement of more than 250 trains.
Bainsla is demanding 5 per cent quota for Gujjar, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria communities in jobs and education and has refused to clear the railway tracks.
“We will not move from the tracks if the announcement is not made. There is only one demand and that is 5 per cent reservation,” Bainsla’s son Vijay Singh said.
A state government delegation, including Tourism Minister Vishvendra Singh and IAS officer Neeraj K Pawan, held talks with the protestors on Saturday but they refused to end their agitation until their demand is met through an official announcement.