In a turn of events that not only gave the Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan a boost but also took the state government off guard,Parliamentary Secretary Rajendra Singh Bidhudi on Tuesday quit from his post as he accused the Congress government of inaction and betraying the trust of the Gujjars.
On a day when the Gujjars sat on a Mahapanchayat in Karauli,150 km from here,Bidhudis resignation came as a blow from within the governments ranks. Bidhudi announced his resignation in a press conference and insisted that he would not take it back under any circumstance.
In an amusing explanation,Bidhudi said that a deity appeared in his dreams asking him to fight for the Gujjars cause and not to succumb to those who are opposing their demands. Last night our deity Devnarayan appeared in my dreams asking me to stand up for the cause of the Gujjars and agitate on their behalf. I cannot ignore gods call and so decided to put in my resignation. The issue of reservation has been ignored for very long. This has to be addressed. I will not take back my resignation under any circumstance, Bidhudi said.
Rubbishing his claims,Himmat Singh,spokesperson for Gujjar Arakashan Sangharsh Samiti,told The Indian Express,This is all politics. Bidhudi went out to bad-mouth our leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and now he says he will fight for our cause. There are a lot of people,including the faction led by Attar Singh Bhadana,who are playing politics with our cause.
Singh said that a 21-member team of Gujjar representatives,all elderly members of the Bainsla-led faction,will arrive in Jaipur late Tuesday night and meet the government as soon as possible to discuss the issue of reservation. We are in talks with Power Minister Jeetendra Singh and will meet him once we reach Jaipur. On May 2,the government had itself set a four-month deadline to implement the OBC commission report. It is well past the deadline and the government is yet again sleeping over it, Singh said.
Singh maintained that the government has to take decisive action by 11 am Wednesday or else the community will decide for its own.