A major rebel faction of Gujjars in Rajasthan warned of fresh agitation from June 16 if the state government fails to meet their demand of five per cent reservation.
The faction led by Ramvir Singh Bidhuri,Chief Patron of All India Gujjar Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti,rejected the one per cent additional quota extended by the state government to the community recently.
“Our community members have already rejected one per cent additional quota extended to Gujjars following agitation by (community leader) Kirori Singh Bainsla and now we will launch fresh movement to get our rights,” Bidhuri told reporters.
“The movement will be peaceful and not like that of Bainsla where railway tracks were uprooted. In initial stage,we will hold demonstration at all district headquarters and memorandum will be submitted to the state government through respective district collectors.
“The agitation will be intensified by staging demonstration at state assembly during the Monsoon session and submitting memorandum to the Prime Minister and AICC President Sonia Gandhi,” Bidhuri said.
He said five per cent reservation in government jobs,withdrawal of cases registered against the community members during the agitation led by Bainsla and pension to those injured in the protest are among the demands.
Strongly condemning the agreement arrived between the state government and Bainsla on granting one per cent additional quota,Bidhuri alleged that Bainsla settled for the accord only for his “personal gains”.
The community had called off its month-long stir on May 5 after the government agreed to accord one per cent more quota to it in addition to the existing four per cent given to them under the OBC category.
As per the agreement,since the community is already getting 21 per cent reservation under the OBC category,they would get one per cent more quota till the High Court completes formalities on their demand,and remaining four per cent reservation would be accorded after the court’s verdict under the Special Backward Class category.