Gujjar Quota Stir in Rajasthan: State Minister Bhanwar Lal Asks Protesters to Pressurise Narendra Modi Government For Reservation
Protesters demanding 5 percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutes for Gujjar community (Photo Credits: ANI)

Jaipur, February 11: As the ongoing protest by the Gujjar Community demanding five percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutes has entered the fourth day, Rajasthan Minister Bhanwar Lal today urged the community to maintain peace. Lal said, “Would like to appeal to Gujjar community that please do not resort to violence, protest peacefully. I would also like to appeal to Bainsla Ji to send his team for dialogue, and we will discuss as to how their demands can be met within limits of Constitution.” Gujjar Agitation in Rajasthan: Demands Can Be Met Only After Amendments in Constitution, Says CM Ashok Gehlot.

The Rajasthan Minister also asked the protesters to pressurise the Narendra Modi government to give the reservation. Lal stated, “Would like to appeal to the Gujjar community that they pressurise the PM to give 5% reservation, the way they gave 10 % reservation to General Category. Our govt is 45 days old, we're not saying no. If they will block roads then govt will also do its work.” Gujjar Reservation Protest: 5 Trains Cancelled, 15 Diverted on Delhi-Mumbai Route: Two State Exams Also Postponed.

On Friday, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and his supporters have started an agitation by blocking the rail tracks in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district. The protesters are demanding five per cent reservation to Gujjars, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria communities in government jobs and educational institutions.

Yesterday, the protesters blocked the road and set police vehicles ablaze. In retaliation, the police opened fire, but no one was reported to be injured. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot appealed people to not sit on rail tracks and asked protesters to submit a memo to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.