Gujjar quota: Protesters block Delhi-Mumbai rail route, 12 trains diverted
New Delhi: Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla had started a dharna with his supporters demanding reservation for five communities including gujjars along railway tracks in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district, on Friday. This lead to the cancellation of eight trains in the Kota Division of West Central Railway and diversion of 12.
The protesters are demanding five per cent separate reservation for gujjars, raika-rebari, gadia luhar, banjara and gadaria communities for government jobs and admission in educational institutions. They gave a 20-day “ultimatum” to the state government to clear its stand on reservation and held a “mahapanchayat” at Malarna Dungar in Sawai Madhopur district.
While sitting on the railway track in Maksudanpura of Sawai Madhopur, a member of the gujjar community, while speaking to reporters, said, “We have good CM and a good PM. We want that they listen to the demands of gujjar community. It isn’t an uphill task for them to provide reservation.”
Bainsla claimed that people cannot be fooled all the time and said, “I have not come here but the crowd has brought me on the railway tracks. People cannot be fooled all the time. It is a fight to do or die. State government should stand on its promise. It will be a peaceful protest. I will lead the protest and the youths will support.”
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