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No assurance of ST status to Gujjars in manifesto: BJP
September 15, 2007 18:27 IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajasthan wing on Saturday ruled out the possibility of including its assurance to grant Scheduled Tribe status for Gujjars in its election manifesto. The next assembly election in Rajasthan will be held by the end of 2008.
"Gehlot had neither held a comprehensive dialogue with the Centre over this issue nor had they responded properly to the Centre's correspondence in this regard.''
The BJP state chief pointed out that certain Congress leaders, including member of Parliament Sachin Pilot and member of Legislative Assembly and former minister Govind Singh Gujjar, had participated in the Gujjar Mahapanchayats. He said that the party should explain whether it has changed its policy on the issue.Sharma added that the Gujjar Mahapanchayats had violated the June 4 agreement between the Gujjar Action Committee and the state government. He said that certain outsider political forces were backing and sponsoring these panchayats(congregations) to use the Gujjar movement for their vested interests.
He also asked the Gujjar community to give up their plans of launching a Jail bharo