Jaipur: The Gujjar community has announced to launch a campaign seeking 5 percent reservation in the Other Backward Classes in Rajasthan. The decision to this effect was taken in the mahapanchayat held here on Sunday.

Terming the agitation as the maha padav, Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla said, “I will wait for two days for the government to take decision. In case there is no positive response from the government, we will march towards Jaipur.”

Accusing the government of not keeping its word, Bainsla said, “The case is pending with the court due to lackadaisical attitude of the state government. Had the government submitted the data related to community in the court, the latter would have so far pronounced its verdict.”

He requested all the Gujjar leaders belonging to different political parties to take up the cause of the community.

Meanwhile, the Gujjar leaders said that all the government recruitment should be stopped until 5 percent reservation is granted to the community.

The government, which is astonished at the sudden U-turn of the Gujjar leaders, has made adequate security arrangements to avert any untoward situation in the state. It may be noted that Rajasthan government is already facing wrath over Bhanwari Devi case and Gopalgarh issue.

The Congress-led state government has been assuring the community to provide them reservation, but the promise is yet to fructify.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is in catch-22 situation whether to provide reservation to the community or not. If Gujjars are provided this privilege, it will certainly irk the Jat community which is already unhappy with the party over the Mahipal Maderna issue.

It is worth mentioning that 72 people were killed in clashes between Gujjar community and police five-year ago. The law and order situation in the state had deteriorated due to agitation, and the government had to strive hard to defuse the crisis.

JPN/Bureau