I would like to appeal to the people that they shouldn’t sit on rail tracks. Their demands can only be met after amendments in Constitution, so they should submit a memo to PM, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said when asked about the protest by the Gujjars for reservations.
Rajasthan minister Vishvendra Singh meets protesters
“Dialogue has started. I have hope that all problems of the Gujjar community will be solved by the govt, I’m not authorised to say anything without consulting the chief minister,” Rajasthan minister Vishvendra Singh said after holding talks with the protesters. The Rajasthan government had on Friday night formed a three-member ministerial committee to initiate a dialogue with Gujjar leaders. The members include Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma, tourism minister Vishwendra Singh and minister for social justice Bhanwarlal Meghwal. The committee also includes IAS officer Neeraj K Pawan.
Gujjars turn down minister’s offer for talks in a village
Vishvendra Singh assured the Gujjars that he will inform the chief minister about their main demand of 5 per cent reservation. He suggested the protesting Gujjars to form a delegation that can have talks in a nearby village instead of the tracks. However, the protesters unanimously rejected the suggestion.
Gujjars’ stir affects Delhi-Mumbai train route for 2nd day
The Delhi-Mumbai train route remained severely affected for the second consecutive day due to the agitation of Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti. North Western Railway (NWR) Chief Public Relations Officer Abhay Sharma said three trains, including Hazrat Nizamuddin-Ahmedabad, Hazrat Nizamuddin-Udaipur and Udaipur-Hazrat Nizamuddin were cancelled whereas Firozpur Cantt-Mumbai train was diverted. The passengers of other states are also facing a tough time due to cancellation and route diversion. Patna-Ahmedabad train route has been changed and Jaipur Bayana express has been partially cancelled. Hazrat Nizamuddin-Udaipur route has been changed. Similarly, the route has been changed for Firozpur Cantt.-Mumbai train, Ahmedabad-Shri Vaishnu Devi Katra train, Mumbai Central- Amritsar train among others. The trains coming from Delhi have been stopped at Bayana.
Rajasthan Staff Selection Board postponed the Agricultural Supervisor Direct Recruitment-2018 exam scheduled to be held tomorrow in Jaipur and Kota due to ‘unavoidable circumstances’. Supervisor (Angandwadi worker) recruitment exam scheduled to be held in Ajmer has also been postponed.
Protest in Karauli district’s Hindaun city
Locals in Karauli district’s Hindaun city blocked road in support of the ongoing reservation movement by the members of Gujjar community in Sawai Madhopur.
Ration arranged for next 3 days
The protesting Gujjars said they have arranged for ration for the next 3 days as tractors carrying wheat, milk,vegetables and other items including drums of chaach are coming.
Security has been tightened in Bharatpur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur, Dausa and Tonk to avert violence and disruption in supply of essential goods.
Congress should fulfill manifesto promise on reservation: BJP
BJP leader Arun Chaturvedi demanded the Congress to find ways through a legal roadmap to fulfill its election manifesto promise of providing five per cent reservation to five communities, including Gujjars, in jobs and educational institutes. “The common people are suffering and its economic burden will come on the state and the Centre. The Congress had promised reservation in its election manifesto so it should find a legal roadmap (to do so),” Chaturvedi said.