Gujjars to launch quota stir in Rajasthan from Jan 21

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New Delhi, Jan 19 (UNI) The All India Gujjar Sangharsh Samiti today rejected outright a Rajasthan government's proposal providing 4-6 per cent reservation for the members of the community and decided to launch a ''peaceful and non-violent'' agitation from January 21 to press for its long-pending demand, saying nothing short of the Scheduled Tribe (ST) status will satisfy the Gujjars.

Addressing a news conference here, Samiti chief patron Col Kirori Singh Bainsala also announced that he would sit on an indefinite hunger strike from January 20 at Hindon in Karoli district to protest against the indifferent and vindictive attitude of the BJP government in Rajasthan.

However, he maintained that the Gujjar Samiti had not ''shut its doors'' for talks on the issue.

Col Bainsala assured that the Gujjars would not ''resort'' to any kind of violence or destruction of public property during the agitation.

''There would be no law and order problem from our side. We believe that the state government is hatching a conspiracy and some elements may try to create disturbances during the agitation.

I appeal to all the Gujjars to maintain calm and not allow the vested interests to succeed in their nefarious designs.'' Col Bainsala alleged that the Rajasthan government had hatched a ''well-planned conspiracy'' to defame the Gujjars.

The state government had launched a crackdown on the Gujjars in Rajasthan and resorted to ''indiscriminate arrests'' and registering of ''false cases'' against them, he said.

Col Bainsala urged X X X eds here picking up from para five of DI 11 (AGITATION-RAJASTHAN-GUJJARS).

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