The mahapanchayat (convention) at village Adda in Bharatpur district convened by the Gujjar community failed to attract a large number of people. The Gujjar community demanding reservation in government jobs could muster about 1,500 people only for the convention.
The mahapanchayat which was organised after a gap of two years was expected to draw 20,000 people from 80 villages. The Mahapanchayat was addressed by the community’s supremo Col Kirori Bainsala and others. Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who has a considerable following in the Gujjar community, did not address the mahapanchayat.
In the 2018 Vidhan sabha election, the Gujjar community largely supported the Congress and there were eight Gujjars who were elected as MLAs largely because of Sachin Pilot.
Meanwhile, Bainsala has threatened of protest from November 1, if the government does not accept its demands.
Elaborate arrangements by administration
The district administration made elaborate arrangements to avoid any untoward incident. Collector Nathmal Didel has ordered the deployment of additional police personnel for maintaining peace.
The Gujjars have been demanding a 5 per cent reservation and inclusion of the reservation clause in the ninth schedule of the Constitution.
The Gujjars have also been demanding reservation under the MBC quota in all the jobs. It is also demanding jobs for the kith and kin of those who lost their lives during the Gujjar agitation and the withdrawal of all cases against the agitators. During the Gujjar agitation in 2008, 28 members of the community died at various places in Rajasthan due to police firing.
Rajasthan govt ready to give reservation
On Friday evening, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had sent an IAS officer Neeraj Pawan to hold talks with Col Bainsala at Hindaun in Karauli district. The collector Nathmal Didel and the SP Amandeep Singh were also present during the talk with Col Bainsala.
During the talk, the officials told Col Bainsala that the state government was ready to give the community reservation, but there were some constitutional issues to be taken into account for which the Union government can only take initiatives.
The administration had stopped the internet services in Bharatpur district since Friday evening.
A large number of Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel were deployed to guard the railway properties during the mahapanchayat.
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