Gujjars insist on talks with
Government at Bayana
Jaipur, 7th June, 2008:
Col. K.R. Bainsala the Gujjar leader and
patron agreed for talks with the Government after they
conceded their demand for postmortem of their dead
outside Rajasthan; but the talks seem to have hit a
roadblock with regards to the venue.
The Gujjars are quite
sure of what they want; they made it clear unless
a letter is issued recommending Scheduled Caste status
to the Gujjars they would not yield an inch. The
Gujjars are fighters to the core; in fact the Indian
Army battalions are full of them.
But the Rajasthan
Government is not willing to oblige as it would alienate
the larger Meena community which warned the government
not to give such a status to the Gujjars as it would
hurt their interests. With the elections to the
state assembly due in a few months they wouldn't like to
take any risks.
The Colonel wants the
talks to be held at the Gujjar camp in Bayana and are
adamant about it. The Chief Minister Vijaya Raje
Wasundara wants them to come to Jaipur; and what started
as a roadblock is now a virtual deadlock.
Meanwhile Sachin Pilot
the Congress MP who is a Gujjar himself has reached
Dausa as desired by the Gujjars, in fact it was
one of their pre-conditions. They wanted the
cremation of their dead to take place in Sachin Pilot's