Gujjars ready to hold talks in Bayana

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Jaipur, Jun 6 (UNI) A Gujjar panchayat (meet) held this evening at Pillukapura-Karwadi expressed readiness to hold talks over ST status demand, with the state government in Bayana town.

The meeting was convened by Gujjar Reservation Action Committee Convener Col Kirodi Singh Bainsla to consult Gujjar community leaders on the course of action on the Rajasthan Government's invitation for holding talks to resolve the issue amicably.

The government had yesterday sent a fresh invitation to Col Bainsla inviting him to come Jaipur for talks.

The leaders at the meeting favoured constitution of a committee to hold talks with the state government.

The meet also appealed to the community leaders who have been holding dharna at Sikandara alongwith corpses of 20 victims of firing there on May 24, to perform cremation of the deceased at the earliest.

The funeral was now expected to be performed tomorrow.

Status quo was maintained in the general situation of the fortnight-old Gujjar agitation.

While the dharna at Pillukarpura-Karwadi, Sikandara and at several other points on rail tracks and highways continued, no untoward incident was reported from any place.

AICC general secretary and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot slammed the Vasundhara Raje government for its "failure" in proper handling of the Gujjar issue and urged the Chief Minister to ensure the matter is resolved amicably without further use of force and/or repression.

Mr Gehlot urged the state government not to complicate further the issue by making misfactual public statements in the media and make sincere efforts to find an early solution.

The former Chief Minister who arrived here this morning had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Defence Minister AK Antony in New Delhi yesterday to discuss the Gujjar issue.

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