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Rajasthan CM-Gujjar leader meet finally
June 04, 2007 12:26 IST
Last Updated: June 04, 2007 16:37 IST
For the first time since the Gujjar violence erupted in Rajasthan over their demand for inclusion in the Scheduled Tribe status, Rajasthan Gujjar Sangarsh Samiti convenor Kirori Singh Bainsla met with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia on Monday.
The meeting, held at the Rajasthan chief minister's official residence in Jaipur, is currently underway.
Ahead of his talks with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, the top leader of Gujjars said the agitation launched by his community would not be withdrawn unless the demand for giving ST status was met.
Bainsla said the agitation of the Gujjar community would continue peacefully if their demand for shifting the Gujjars from OBC to Scheduled Tribe category was not recommended by the state government to the Centre.
The agitation would not be withdrawn unless the demand was fulfilled by the state government, Bainsla, who was accompanied by an 11-member team of Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (Gurjar Reservation Struggle Committee), said before going for the talks with Raje.
The future of the agitation depended on the outcome of the crucial fifth round of talks between the Gujjars leaders and Raje and her group of ministers.
This is the first time Raje is holding discussions with the top leader of the Gujjars community. All earlier talks between the group of ministers and the Gujjars representatives led by Roop Singh, Convener of the Samiti, had ended inconconclusively.
Following this, Raje had invited Bainsla for talks to resolve the vexed issue that began on Tuesday last would end.