Bainsla, who met the Chief Minister at the latter's residence earlier on Wednesday, announced open ‘vote and support’ for the Congress and said that the party, if voted to power, would implement their long-standing demand of reservation.
    
It was the Congress government which provided one percent quota out of five percent to the Gujjar community and set up the Devnarayan Board giving financial and other benefits to Gujjars, hence they would vote for Congress candidates, he told a press conference in Jaipur.
    
The Gujjar community has 5 percent vote share in the state.
    
Under Special Backward Class (SBC), Gujjar, Raika, Rebari and other castes have been given one percent quota and remaining four percent would be expedited by the Congress government if voted to power, Bainsla said, quoting Gehlot.
    
Both Congress and Opposition BJP have in their manifesto promised five percent reservation to Gujjars and other communities under the Special Backward Class.
    
"After comparing achievements of both the governments with regard to the reservation issue, I took the decision to support Congress in the Assembly elections and I call upon all the members of the community to support the party," he said.
    
"We spoke to all political parties over the reservation issue and as a result of that, the parties gave more representation to the community and I am thankful for that," he said.
    
Bainsla, who lost the last Lok Sabha election on a BJP ticket, said that he has no political affiliation now.
    
In the Assembly polls, Congress has fielded 12 Gujjar candidates whereas the BJP gave tickets to 10 people from the community.
    
"I met Vasundhara Raje and demanded 4 to 5 tickets for the community people, but she denied saying that candidates had already been finalized," he said.

(Agencies)

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