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Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan affect train movement

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The movement of trains was affected on Sunday due to the agitation started by the Gujjar community demanding reservations in jobs and education. Notably, the members of the community occupied railway tracks in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur during the protest.

As a result, movement of trains including the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani Express, Awadh Express, Amritsar-Bandra, Kota-Dehradun and Indore-Nizamuddin Express was affected.

Protest will continue till demands are met: Bainsla

Gujjar leader Vijay Bainsla on Sunday said their protest for reservation in jobs and education as a “most backward class” community will continue until their demands are met. Hundreds of Gujjar community members in Bharatpur are protesting under Bainsla’s leadership.

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“Young people are not getting jobs. There is anger among them. Our movement will continue. We have spoken to (Ashok) Gehlot ji, but nothing has happened so far,” he added.

Bainsla said, “We have spoken to Gehlot ji four times in the past but nothing materialised. It’s been two years, how much patience do they demand from us?”

Gujjar community divided into factions

Notably, the Gujjar community has been divided into two factions—one led by Himmat Singh Gujjar and the other led by Bainsla. While the Himmat Singh Gujjar faction has agreed with the Rajasthan government’s cabinet sub-committee on 14 points following the meeting on Saturday, the faction led by Bainsla is continuing with the protests.

“We had a very positive discussion and we are satisfied with the 14 points that we have agreed on. There is no need for agitation and we hope the government will meet its promises,” said Himmat Singh Gujjar, whose delegation met with Rajasthan minister Raghu Sharma.

The Gujjars have been protesting for reservation time and again since 2007. They were granted a 5 per cent reservation under a special category, but it was struck down by court as it exceeds the 50 per cent limit for reservation set by the Supreme Court.

Notably, the Gujjar community had decided to go on agitation from November 1 to push for their demands during the recently-concluded Gujjar Mahapanchayat.

 

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