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Kirori Singh Bainsla expresses apprehensions over Gujjar quota decision

Thursday, 29 November 2012 - 6:58pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: PTI

The Rajasthan government has decided to carve out separate 5% quota in jobs and educational institutions for five communities.

With the Rajasthan government deciding to carve out separate 5% quota in jobs and educational institutions for five communities, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla has expressed apprehensions over its benefits reaching properly to those who need it.

"We wanted reservation under the Constitutional limit of 50 per cent, but the government has exceeded the limit, and we have doubt over the communities really getting the benefit of the separate quota," Bainsla said.

The leader, who spearheaded a campaign seeking quota for Gujjars, was speaking after a review meeting in Karauli district in wake of government's decision.

Roop Singh, another Gujjar leader, said that they were taking legal consultation over the issue and for now, are not in a position to approve or disapprove the decision.

"We held the meeting today in Karauli and decided to take legal consultation from experts. When the reservation will be finally given, then only we will be in a position to thank the government. Till then, it is wait and watch position for us," Singh told over phone.

On the other hand, former BJP MP Ramdas Agrawal said that the previous BJP government had already initiated the process for providing quota to these communities.

He alleged that the decision of the government only aimed at taking political mileage.

"The then BJP government passed the bill in Assembly in 2008 to give 5% reservation to SBC and 14% to ECB. It was a balanced bill because although we were exceeding limit but at the same time, we were giving 14% reservation to ECB to all the communities," he said here.

"Now, the state government decided to give reservation to only SBC and that also beyond the limit. For ECB, the government would reconstitute commission which makes no sense," he added.

Rajput leader Lokendra Singh Kalvi also said that the reservation should be under the constitutional limit of 50%.

"The government should show its political will power by giving the Gujjar and others reservation under the Constitutional limit by dividing OBC quota," he said.

Bishnoi said the party had been preparing for the rally for over a month and claimed it would witness "record turnout."

Besides him, party leaders including his wife and MLA Renuka Bishnoi, elder brother and former Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan, have been trying to garner support from a cross section of people to attend the rally, an HJC leader said.

They have also been wooing old supporters of party founder Bhajan Lal, including senior Congress leader and former minister Mange Ram Gupta, who quit the HJC a few days back, to join the rally.

Meanwhile, Ganesan said vehicles entering the city were being checked at nakas so that no anti-social element could enter.

The district administration has divided the city into 16 sectors and duty magistrates have been appointed for each.

Also, two dozen police personnel have been deployed with every duty magistrate to help in maintaining law and order.

Paramilitary forces and police teams are regularly patrolling the city, he said, adding that six companies of police have been kept in reserve.

Vigil is also being kept on railway stations, bus stands and religious places.

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