Jaipur, May 7: Members of the Gujjar community in Rajasthan on Sunday decided to revive their agitation over reservation granted to them. Gujjar leader Col Kirori Singh Bainsla was quoted saying by ANI that the community will launch an agitation before May 21 in Patoli, Pipalkheda, Dausa, Sikandra, Kotputli, Ajmer, Pali, Jalore, Bhilwara & Sawai Madhopur. Bainsla further added that their demands have not been met and the government is providing them with just 5% reservation.
The Gujjar leader said that injustice is being done to the community in all vacancies and informed that members of the community will launch an agitation this month to press for their demand of five per cent reservation from within OBC quota.
Govt is providing us 5% reservation. Injustice is being done to us in all vacancies. We'll launch an agitation before May 21 in Patoli, Pipalkheda, Dausa, Sikandra, Kotputli, Ajmer, Pali, Jalore, Bhilwara & Sawai Madhopur: Col Kirori Singh Bainsla, Gujjar leader (06.05.2018) pic.twitter.com/CwlMVE8oui
— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2018
The spokesperson of Gujjar Sangharsh Samiti, Himmat Singh, said that the decision was taken at a meeting in Bayana of Bharatpur district. "The decision to revive the agitation was taken today in the meeting headed by Kirori Singh Bainsla. All the leaders of the community along with its members have been asked to assemble for a sit-in at Pilu ka pura on May 15 to demand reservation," he said.
According to a PTI report, spokesperson of Gujjar Sangharsh Samiti said that Gujjars are getting one per cent reservation under Most Backward Classes (MBC) and the demand is for bifurcation of OBC quota to provide five per cent reservation to Gujjars and other communities.
To recall, the Rajasthan Assembly had in October 2017 passed a bill to raise OBC reservation from 21 to 26 per cent to provide five per cent quota to Gujjar and other castes. However, the high court stayed the bill as it would have increased the reservation to 54 per cent. Reports inform that later, the Supreme Court also directed the state government not to exceed the 50 per cent reservation limit.