Gujjars resolve to defeat BJP in elections

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Jaipur, Feb 4: In a bid to revive and recharge the Gujjar agitation over ST status issue, the Gujjar Reservation Action Committee has decided to boycott and oppose the BJP in the next Assembly election and to forge a unity among different Gujjar factions.

The meeting of Gujjar activists held here today under the Chairmanship of the action committee Convenor Col Kirodi Singh Bainsla has adopted a resolution to boycott the BJP and work to defeat the party in the next assembly elections, for the latter's ''deceptive moves'' over the Gujjar's ST status demand.

The meeting also decided to launch a mass awareness movement throughout the state till the next assembly elections for creating an atmosphere against the BJP and its aspiring MLAs and candidates.

Besides Rajasthan, the community would work for ensuring BJP's defeat in other Gujjar dominated states of the country, Mr Bainsla clarified.

The action committee has also urged other non BJP parties including the Congress, to make public their stand over the Gujjar's demand of ST status.

In a bid to forge unity with Gujjar Reservation Joint Action Committee (Gunjal) and other factions Col Bainsla has also constituted an eight member committee of the community leaders.

The meeting also decided to construct a memorial in Pipalkheda Patauli to commemorate the deaths of 26 Gujjar activists who died in police firing during the Gujjar agitation last year. This memorial would be constructed by May 29, the first anniversary of the agitation, Mr Bainsla said.

The meeting also condemned the ''oppressive measures'' allegedly being adopted by the Vasundhara Raje government to curb the Gujjar agitation.

The meeting witnessed intermittent noisy scenes and opposition as the participants were not unanimous over the resolution being adopted agaisnt the BJP. Several participants were demanding similar resolution against the Congress for the party's silence over the Gujjar's demand and related movement.

Expelled BJP MLA Prahlad Gunjal led joint action committee had already announced holding of Mahapadhav (dharna) in Jaipur from March 10.

However, the Bainsla led action committee is yet to decide its stand over this programme.

''We will decide our stand over this move in consultation with Gujjar Community in its meet during the annual Jagdish Mela in Kaimeri town of Karauli district on February 11, Mr Bainsla told reporters.


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