Gujjar issue: Bainsla ready to hold talks with Raje

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Karwady (Rajasthan), June 1: "Mukhyamantri manas to banye, main tayaar hoon (let the Chief Minister make up her mind for talks, I am ready)", said Gujjar leader Colonel (retired) Kirori Singh Bainsla on Saturday in Karwady where he is camping along with his suppotters. He said that he was prepared to hold talks with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje if she showed "inclination and a positive attitude". Bainsla is spearheading agitation for ST status to Gujjar community for nine days now.

When it was pointed out to him that the Rajtashan Government has already recommended to the Centre 4-6 per cent reservation for Gujjars, he said he has not received any letter to this effect. In reply to a question, Bainlsa said as soon as he received the letter in which six per cent quota has been recommended, he would call off the agitation. Reminded that under Article 342 of the Constitution, only the Centre is empowered to take a decision on the matter, Bainsala said, "Let the State Government send the letter first, we shall see it."

Asked when he would call off the agitation since the situation has become "chaotic" and people have suffered, he said he was ready to call off the stir agitation and hold dialogue with the Chief Minister once he received the copy of the recommendation letter.


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