Jaipur: Demanding reservation for Gujjars in the state government jobs, Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla has re-launched stir against the state government. On Thursday, Bainsla along with his supporters staged demonstration outside the residence of Energy Minister Dr Jitendra Singh.


Blaming the state government for betraying the community, he said if agitation resumes, he won’t take a backseat. Following the constant protest, the Energy Minister had assured Bainsla of an immediate solution regarding the quota in government jobs for Gujjar community.

Bainsla  said, “It has been a year now when government assured to consider our demands but they turned deaf ear to the issue.”

“Owing to the negligent attitude of the ruling dispensation, there has been an upsurge of agitation among the Gujjar community which is ready to hold protest any time,” said Bainsla. Meanwhile, after meeting Bainsla, the Energy Minister had deliberations with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

The Gujjars had started to demand ST status as early as 2006. But the first major Gujjar agitation took place in the year 2007 when thousands of Gujjars under the leadership of Kirori Singh Bainsla had blocked railway tracks and roads. Their demand was to include Gujjars in ST category. It led to deadly clash between the police and the reservation supporters in which 26 people lost their lives.

On 5 June 2007, the Supreme Court while taking suo motu cognizance of the large scale destruction of government properties during Gujjar demonstrations. On 18 June 2007, the Supreme Court appointed two committees to examine the damage to public property in the Gujjar violence. Stating that it was a national issue the Apex Court issued notice to all states and Union Territories asking them to respond on how many cases have been filed against damage to property and how many have been convicted within three weeks.

Justice Chopra Committee was set up on the status of Gujjars. The protest was then called off.  In 2008, the agitation turned violent. In the month of July in 2008, Gujjar quota bill was finally passed in the assembly.

JPN/Bureau