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Gujjar leaders differ over reservation

Jaipur, Jan 31, 2013 DHNS: 1:03 IST
Power struggle has began in the Gujjar community after the Rajasthan High Court stayed the 5 per cent reservation for the Gujjars under the special backward castes as illegal as it goes beyond the 50 per cent reservation cap.

The rebel Congress MLA Rajendra Singh Bidhuri has come out with all kinds of allegations including that the police firing on agitating Gujjars during the Gujjar agitation in the BJP government was because of the power struggle within the BJP and the then home minister Kataria ordered it to destabilise Vasundhra Raje from post of chief minister. He also accused Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla of being an RSS agent.

He demanded the resignation of the Congress minister in the state cabinet Dr Jitendra Singh, a Gujjar, who was acting as mediator between the community and the government for his failure to provide the promised reservation to the Gujjars.

He accused Bhainsla of sacrificing the community’s interest at the altar of his personal political ambitions.

“Bhainsla entered in to agreement with successive governments to farther his political ambition and now the community is left with nothing after sacrificing 72 Gujjar lives for the cause,” alleged the former parliamentary secretary who resigned from the post accusing chief minister of not being sincere towards the Gujjar’s demand.

Bidhuri alleged that Bhainsla has been associated with the RSS and he has the same mentality. “Bhainsla stopped trains, 72 Gujjars were killed because of him during the agitation which also amounts as an act of terrorism,” demanded Bidhuri.

“He first contested as a BJP nominee for Parliament and when the Congress came to power he got cosy with them too,” said Bidhuri.

“Bhainsla along with Kiori Lal Meena are working at the behest of the RSS and misleading their respective communities”. He alleged that the Gujjar reservation issue was being politicised.

“He accused Bhainsla of betraying the Gujjar’s cause. He starts an agitation in every two months and then keeps quiet,” added Bidhuri.

Not sparing the Congress minister either, Bidhuri termed Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has been a total failure. “He has failed as a mediator between the government and the Gujjars. He should now resign and sit with the community,” demanded Bidhudi.

Atar Singh Bhadana another Gujjar leader said that a meeting of all the community leaders has been called in Jaipur on February 7 to draw an action plan.

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