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Stung Raje withdraws from quota politics
June 12, 2007 16:13 IST
Rattled by the caste rioting in her state over her pre-election reservation promise to Gujjars, embattled Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje appears to have distanced herself from politics over quotas.
A year ahead of assembly elections in Rajasthan, where Meenas make up a larger part of the state's population, she has found protests by the Gujjar community for classification as a scheduled tribe as a jolt to the state's development.
Raje, who is believed to be under fire from her own party colleagues in the BJP for her handling of the Gujjar protests, instead suggested political leaders were now required to understand that reservations were 'no final solution' to social inequalities.
In a bid to seek re-election next year on a development plank, the chief minister said she aimed to create an atmosphere free of reservation needs in her state.
She claimed Rajasthan would soon be so developed that nobody would feel the need to have reservations in any field.