Gujjars take tips from Bainsla for further talks

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Jaipur, Jun 15 (UNI) A brief uncertainty which hung last night over the fate of ongoing Gujjar-Rajasthan government talks over ST status ended today as a four-member team took tips from Gujjar leader Colonel(retd) Kirori Singh Bainsla in Pillukapura over future course of ongoing dialogue.

The team comprising two Gujjar leaders and two officials flew to Pillukapura by helicopter this morning and held a two-hour-long meeting with the Gujjar leader who has been spearheading a dharna on rail tracks at Pillukapura since May 23.

The visiting team had briefed the retired Colonel over the progress in official talks during the past two days and sought his guidelines over the future stand of Gujjars at the dialogue table.

The team also invited Colonel Bainsla to come to Jaipur and join in further talks.

Colonel Bainsla has reportedly held that line of action proposed by the state government over the Gujjars' demand, needed certain modifications and improvement.

However, the Gujjar leader has expressed his inability to come to Jaipur for talks at present citing health reasons but he had indicated that he might join the talks at later stage, ruling BJP state president Om Prakash Mathur, who is also participating in the official talks on behalf of the state government, said.

The uncertainty arose during the talks last night following the Gujjar delegates' refusal to go to Pillukapura till receipt of a clearcut proposal from the state government.

The team has proceeded for Jaipur from Pillukapura and further round of official talks between the Gujjars and the government delegations will resume sometime after its arrival here, Mr Mathur added.

Meanwhile, in a bid to get his resignation accepted at earliest, BJP MLA and former Minister Dr Kirodi Lal Meena today went to Speaker Sumitra Singh's residence to meet the latter personally but he could not meet her.

Dr Meena had sent his resignation from the Assembly membership to the Speaker's office yesterday, in protest against the state government's "readiness" to write to the Centre in favour of Gujjar reservation.

Eds rest pick up suitably from the earlier.


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