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Gujjars continue quota dharna in Rajasthan

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Gujjar protesters continued their sit-in on the rail tracks in Rajasthan's district for the second day on Saturday, refusing to back off from their quota demand even after a government delegation met them there.

The blockade by Bainsla and his supporters has forced the West Central Railway (CWR) to divert, cancel or partially terminate nearly 200 trains in the last two days.

A state government team, which included and Neeraj K Pawan, met Bainsla and his supporters, but no no agreement could be reached.

"We will continue the dharna on the rail tracks. No compromise was made with the government delegation. We want a 5 per cent reservation order," said Bainsla.

He said the government had promised 5 per cent reservation to the Gujjars, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria communities in government jobs and educational institutions in its election manifesto. Bainsla said the government should give the same now, so that the protesters could "return home gracefully".

Earlier, the had asked Bainsla and his supporters to hold talks with a delegation on Sunday, saying the issue cannot be resolved on the rail tracks.

"The government is committed to resolving the issues. I am asking you to move from the track. I am requesting you to hold talks with a delegation tomorrow as the process cannot be done in a crowd and on the rail tracks," Singh said.

Vijay Bainsla, another Gujjar leader, said agitators had also blocked Jaipur-Delhi, Jodhpur-Bhilwara, Ajmer-Bhilwara highways on Saturday.

Train movement continued to be affected due to the blockade on Sawai Madhopur-Bayana railway section in Kota division.

Nearly 200 passenger/mail express trains running in the West Central Railway (CWR) zone were either diverted, cancelled or partially terminated in the last two days due to the agitation, said.

said Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ahmedabad, and trains were cancelled, whereas Firozpur Cantt-train was diverted on Saturday.

DGP (law and order) M L Lather said no untoward incident was reported due to the agitation. "Our teams are alert and the deadlock may soon be over," he said.

Currently, the five communities are getting one-per cent separate reservation under the most-backward category in addition to the Other Backward Class (OBC) quota.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 21:40 IST