Gujjars continue agitation, train routes diverted


Members of the Gujjar community continued their agitation and blocked railway tracks in Rajasthan today in order to intensify their demand for five percent reservation in government jobs.

Routes of many trains have been diverted due to the ongoing protests.

“Our main demand is five percent reservation of our community in government jobs. We got only one percent. But still need another four percent,” said Badri Singh (a protester) to news agency ANI.

Another protester, Dharmesh Singh, said the government was dilly-dallying in solving their issue.

“We want to tell our Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje that she should not take the Gujjar Community’s protest lightly. We have suffered a lot, but have been waiting patiently. We have been holding peaceful protest till date. But if no action is taken in favour of our demand, we will go for massive protest across Rajasthan. It will be worse,” he said.

Singh added that the matter could be solved easily as the same Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rules the Centre and the state government.

Home Minister of Rajasthan Gulab Chand Kataria, however, said that the matter could only be solved by a court and the state government can’t do much about the current issue.

“The state government has the same stand since the beginning on this issue. Anybody can come and talk to us with their problems. Our doors are always open. This is a legal issue. Their case can only be handled by the court through legal procedures. They wanted legal assistance from us, we provided them so,” said Kataria.

“No individual, but the court can solve this issue. The protestors also know it. But I don’t know why they are still holding a protest,” he further added.