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Gujjar row: Sachin Pilot meets Rajnath Singh

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | June 03, 2007 22:55 IST

In a desparate bid to end six days old violence which has cut off Rajasthan from rest of the country, Sachin Pilot, congress member of Parliament from Dausa who started the agitation, made a trip to Bharatiya Janata Party office on Sunday evening to meet Rajnath Singh at the party headquarters to discuss the law and order situation.

He is expected to brief Mrs Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress, about the contents of the meeting. The entire agitation started when the Gujjar leadership and particularly Sachin Pilot said that under delimitation carried out by the election commission Dausa would become a reserved seat for Schedule Tribe and here he would not be able to contest unless Gujjars get ST status who constitute ten per cent of the India's population.

Talking to newsmen, the young member of Parliament said that efforts are on to defuse the situation so that the people of the state are not put to inconvenience.

In Jaipur a crucial meeting between Colonel K S Bainsla, who is spearheading the movement on the ground level, was expected to meet chief minister Vasaudhara Raje to sort out pratical difficulties.

He had left Dausa in the afternoon and was expected to reach Jaipur by 7 pm. In an interview to a private news channel Colonel Bainsla appealed to his followers to remove the roadblocks so that traffic can be restored.

In the capital the Delhi police is gearing up to meet the bandh call given by the Gujjars on Monday who are converging from neighbouring state to for complete halt to the vehicular traffic and force the shops and establishments to pull down their shutters.