Jaipur, Jan 19(UNI) AICC General Secretary and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said the Vasundhara Raje Government has resorted to ''deceptive'' and ''meaningless'' efforts to mislead people over the issue of reservation for Gujjars and economic backward classes(EBCs) in non SC, non ST and non OBC higher castes.
Talking to reporters here today Mr Gehlot said the letter written by Ms Raje to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for recommending reservatin to Gujjars and EBCs was mere tactics to mislead poor people over a sensitive issue.
He said the Chief Minsiter's move, which lacked in sanctity of procedure and purpose had no meaning for official and legal purpose and she herself was aware of this reality.
Mr Gehlot said his previous government had sent to the then NDA Government at the Centre, a formal proposal with due cabinet consent to recommend 14 per cent reservation to EBCs.
However, instead of taking follow up action in this regard, this government had unnecessarily constituted new commission to make recommendations and now the Chief Minister had written to the Prime Minister without taking due consent from the cabinet and waiting for report of the commission set up by herself, he said.
The former Chief Minister said this was mere political gimick which did fall in the category of ''deceptive means'' lacking political and legal sanctity.
He added that Ms Raje was playing political gimmicks over the much hyped issue of Gujjar agitation from the beginning.
Mr Gehlot said it was Ms Raje herself who, during her campaign in last assembly elections, had unduly made commitment for grant of ST status to Gujjars, later encouraged Gujjar leaders during the subsequent agitation and of late resorted to harder stance to curb the agitation leading to high casualty of 26 Gujjars.
''The political mishandling of the issue by the Chief Minister had brought the state at the brink of the another agtation from January 21 and caused a sharp divide between Meenas and Gujjars'', Mr Gehlot alleged.
However, the political community leaders and social outfits should work to ensure that harmony, peace and brotherhood prevailed among all including the two communities, Mr Gehlot said.
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