Gujjar stir called off; get 5 pc special quota

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Jaipur, Jun 19: The 27 days old Gujjar agitation was called off on Wednesday after signing an accord with the Rajasthan government. The govt granted 5 per cent special quota in a newly-created special categaroy for Gujjars. The settlement was reached after five-round bilateral talks between the Gujjars and state government delegations.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Gujjar Reservation Action Committee Convener Col(retd) Kirori Singh Bainsla, jointly addressed the press. The ruling BJP MP and government delegation leader Ramdas Agrawal, BJP state President Om Prakash Mathur and several leaders from both sides were also present.

Col Bainsla, spearheading the stir, himself was leading the dharna at Pillukapura-Karwadi since May 23. He announced that the agitation will be called off as soon as he(Col Bainsla) reached Pillukapura. Later he left for Pillukapura near Bayana.

The fierce agitation claimed 38 lives in police firings at Pillukapura, Sikandara Dausa and Kushalipura in Sawai Madhopur.

The Rajasthan govt had also announcesd an additional reservation of 14 per cent for economically backward class among the general category. Once the two quotas are implemented, the total reservation would be 68 per cent, which could lead to litigation as it crosses the reservation ceiling of 50 per cent ruled by the Supreme Court.

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