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Pulwama attack: Gurjars announce to end agitation for reservation

The Gurjar agitation for five percent reservation had been going on for the last eight days in Rajasthan. Several major rail routes and over 200 trains were affected due to the protest.

February 16, 2019, 4:57 pm

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Gurjar community members on railway tracks for the protest.

Jaipur: Railway and road transport will be restored in affected areas of Rajasthan as Gurjar agitation ended on Saturday. The Gurjar Aarakshan Sangarsh Committee’ leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsala announced to call off the agitation taking into account the sensitive situation following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14. Bainsala said that the government has shown seriousness about the reservation by tabling the bill in the assembly. The Gurjar agitation for five percent reservation had been going on for the last eight days in Rajasthan. Several major rail routes and over 200 trains were affected due to the protest. Kiroli Singh Bainsala said that the country has lost over 40 jawans in the gruesome Pulwama terror attack on Thursday. “For us, the country is above everything. The community members appreciated the government’s move to pass the reservation bill in the assembly and hence we are ending the protest,” Bainsala said. “I apologize to the people of the state for the inconvenience they faced due to the nine-day long agitation. The government has given us the 5% reservation and hence we are calling off the protest. CM Gehlot has assured me personally that legal formalities will be taken care of. Our prayers are with the martyrs’ families,” added Bainsla. Read also: Jaipur markets closed; people take out candle march over terror attack on CRPF jawans Due to the Gurjar agitation, over 200 trains were affected in the state. Around 24 trains were affected in the state on Friday too. Several commuters faced difficulties due to blockage of major rail routes including Delhi and Mumbai. The government officials appealed Gurjar community leaders to end the agitation following the terror attack. People were trying to travel to the homes of the martyrs but they were facing problem due to the blockage of highways and rail routes. The Congress-led Rajasthan government tabled the bill of reservation for backward communities in the state assembly on Wednesday. Gurjar community leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsala had welcomed the government’s move and said that they would consider ending the agitation after receiving official communication regarding the bill. Energy Minister BD Kalla presented the bill of 5% reservation for six backward communities including Gujars and 10% reservation for other backward classes (OBCs) in the assembly.

First published: February 16, 2019
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