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Talks with agitating Gujjars in Rajasthan fail; rail blockade continues

IANS  |  Jaipur 

The government's attempt to persuade the protesting Gujjars blocking the Delhi-railway route failed on Saturday, even as rail traffic remained disrupted on the section for the second consecutive day.

The Gujjars are demanding 5 per cent reservation in jobs and education institutes in the state.

The has deputed and to hold talks with the Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti.

However, the talks could not materialize and the Gujjars decided to continue their stir. Many trains were diverted or cancelled for the second day.

The protesting Gujjars continue to block Malarna Dungar railway tracks on Delhi-route.

More than 24 hours after the agitation began, Singh along with Pawan visited the agitation spot to talk with the Gujjars.

Singh conveyed the message of Ashok Gehlot, inviting them to for discussions.

The said the talks needed pointwise deliberation.

Speaking to Col. Kirori Singh Bainsla, the Gujjar leader, Singh said railway tracks cannot be the place to hold such talks.

However, Bainsla reportedly rejected the proposal.

Meanwhile, on Saturday accused the Congress-led of ignoring crucial warnings given by the Gujjar leaders.

"In their election manifesto, had promised reservation for Gujjars," said BJP and former Minister

"The government has neither given a complete loan waiver to farmers as promised nor has it provided unemployment allowance. They have also failed to deliver on their promise of Gujjar reservation," he said.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 22:08 IST
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