The Congress government in Rajasthan, giving in to the quota demand, have tabled a bill to provide 5% reservation in Rajasthan Assembly to the Gujjar community in the state. Despite that, the community has continued to resort to violence in Rajasthan, marking the sixth day of protests on Wednesday.
Protestors had gone on a rampage in the Sikar district of the state, jamming the highways with their violence, breaking glasses of cars, and had even targeted cops by pelting stones on them earlier on Wednesday, but eventually, the situation was controlled by lathi charges against the agitated protestors by the state police.
Rajasthan government Wednesday tabled a bill in the Assembly to provide with a 5% quota in jobs and educational institutes to the Gujjar community and four other communities agitating for it. However, the Gujjar leaders were yet to call off their protest, saying they are awaiting a concrete proposal from the government, indicating that they wanted the bill to be passed first.
Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla and his supporters have also blocked the railway tracks in Sawai Madhopur district and several highways, demanding the quota in government jobs and educational institutes
Gujjar protests began from Friday after the community members sit-in on railway tracks in Malarna Dungar of Sawai Madhopur for an indefinite period.
The chief minister Ashok Gehlot constituted a three-member committee to bring situation under control after the protests turned violent on February 10, when protesters set vehicles ablaze, torched police jeeps and vans in the state.
Who are the Gujjars?
A pastoral community, the Gujjars constitute 5% of the Rajasthan population according to census reports.
(With ANI inputs)