The Gujjars five-day agitation today turns tense in Sikar district of Rajasthan with clash between protesters and police erupted, this afternoon. They have been agitating seeking five per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions, as against present 1 per cent reservation, in the most backward category.
Consequently, hundreds of trains on the Delhi-Mumbai route have been affected. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had asked the protesters to shun violence and voice their demands to the Centre. Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who is a Gujjar himself, said there won’t be any further injustice to the community.
Due to their agitation as many as 26 trains of Western Railway, commencing on 12 Feb cancelled and diverted. 31 trains, commencing on 13 Feb cancelled and 10 diverted. 11 trains, commencing on 14 Feb cancelled and 14 diverted. 2 trains, on 15 Feb, cancelled. As a result airline fares on Delhi-Jaipur route have also soared.
Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (GASS) leader Kirori Singh Bainsla had said, “We want a 5 per cent reservation. The government hasn’t responded to my request. So, I am going to do an agitation. The government should give… I don’t know where they give from.”
He also demanded reservation for four other castes _ Gujjar, Raika-Rebari, Gadia Luhar, Banjara and Gadaria _ in government jobs and educational institutions.
Last month, Bainsla had given 20-day ultimatum which ended on Friday. The leader started to protest after holding maha panchayat. On October 26, 2018, the Rajasthan government passed a bill which increased other backward classes from 21 per cent to 26 per cent.