Threat from Unions, Jats

Threat from Unions, Jats

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Jhunjhunu. PTI

Disgruntled sections threatening to disrupt Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Jaipur rally scheduled for Saturday has put the government in a fix.

After the Gujjars, Rajputs, Jats and the Labour Union have threatened to disrupt Modi's rally.

The Jat community in Rajasthan has issued a threat to disrupt the rally.

At a press conference held in Bharatpur, the Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti accused the Vasundhara Raje-led government of failing to deliver the OBC quota benefits granted to Jats from the two districts.

The community has threatened that if the government delays anymore, no force would be able to stop the Jats from disrupting the prime minister's rally.

The Jats of Bharatpur-Dholpur were excluded from the OBC quota following a high court order in August 2015.

The state government subsequently conducted a survey to establish that the Jats in the two districts too were backward and restored their quota in March 2017.

Similarly, Sarva Rajput Samaj Sangharsh Samiti has also accused Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of targeting the community all through her tenure in the state.

Its convener, Giriraj Singh Lotwada, said that the community would boycott the prime minister's rally and, instead, observe "Vasundhara Kala Diwas" (Vasundhara black day) on Saturday.

The community wants police cases to be withdrawn against its youths.

According to sources, the community is also annoyed with Vasundhara's opposition to Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as BJP state president. 

Similarly annoyed with state government, the labour union of Rajasthan Drugs & Pharmaceuticals, whose employees are running without salaries, has also warned of showing black flags in the rally. 

With pressure coming from all fronts, the Vasundhara Raje-led government does not want a repeat of the Jhunjhunu rally, where black flags were shown and slogans shouted during Modi's address in March 2018.

A few days ago, Vasundhara also appeased the Gujjars and the four other similarly backward communities by issuing orders clarifying and restoring the 1% additional quota to the five communities.

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