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Raj govt must ensure reservation for Gujjars: Bainsla

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Gujjar Samiti convenor Tuesday asked the government to ensure that the Gujjar reservation agreement is implemented in the state.

"The agreement that we have had with the on Gujjar reservation issue should be implemented. We should get our dues and if there is any dereliction on this then the government will have to pay for it," Bainsla told reporters after joining the BJP.

He said that he had joined the for social and national reasons but will stand with his community on the issue of reservation for Gujjars.

The community is willing to send a delegation to meet the to discuss the reservation issue, he added.

The had on April 5 refused to entertain a plea challenging the grant of 5 per cent quota to Gujjars and four other castes in jobs and educational institutions in through a in February.

The Bill passed by the newly formed government in the state provides 5 per cent quota in government jobs and educational institutes to the Gujjars and four other communities -- Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadarias.

Bainsla joined the saffron party last week, giving a boost to the party's efforts to win over influential leaders in where it had lost the assembly polls.

The was earlier in the BJP as well and had fought the 2009 Lok Sabha polls on its ticket but lost. He has been spearheading the quota agitation.

The BJP had won all 25 seats in the 2014 However, its defeat in the assembly polls raised questions as to whether the party will be able to put up a strong show in the state in the coming elections.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 18:25 IST