Gujjar community demands 5 pc reservation, stage sit-in protest on railway track
Rajashthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that there is “no point blocking rail tracks, we’re ready to talk”. ( file photo)
Around 500-700 Gujjars on Thursday have reached the railway tracks at Pilupura in Bharatpur and are staging a sit-in protest demanding five per cent reservation for their community in government jobs.
The agitating Gujjars have blocked the railway track connecting Delhi and Mumbai which lead to trains being diverted on this route.
Rajashthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said that there is “no point blocking rail tracks, we’re ready to talk”.
“We want to protect everyone’s interests,” said CM Raje.
Earlier in the day, Gujjar leader Kirori Bainsla threatened to escalate the agitation if the state government failed to send a representative for talks.
“We want five per cent reservation under the legal limit of 50 per cent. The governments have been cheating us for the last several years. We are presently getting only one per cent and we want four per cent more,” Singh said.
The Gujjar community members have been demanding five per cent reservation since 2008.
with inputs from Mahim Pratap Singh
Source:: Indian Express