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Jun 17, 2008 at 02:01pm IST

Bainsla to negotiate with Raje today

Jaipur: The last round of talks between the Gurjars and the Rajasthan government are scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

For the first time since the start of the agitation Gurjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla will be negotiating directly with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Jaipur.

Fourth round of talks, which was attended by top Gurjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla on Monday, ended on a positive note.

After 25 days of stalemate, Vasundhra Raje and Gurjar leader Colonel Bainsla will finally come face to face at the negotiation table.

Other Gurjar leaders have already rejected the government proposal to award the community a special reserved category. However, the leader of the Gurjar delegation, Col Bainsla confirmed that the talks are moving towards a positive outcome.

“I am satisfied with the talks today. I will wait till tomorrow,” says Bainsla.

It will be a tightrope walk for Vasundhra Raje with not just the Gurjars, but also the Meenas and other communities watching her closely.

The Jat community has warned the government against making any change in the OBC pie to meet the Gurjars' demand for ST status.

The powerful Meenas also are opposed to the Gurjars getting ST status. They are demanding that they should be consulted before any decision is taken. Civil Supplies Minister Kirori Singh Meena has even resigned from the state assembly in protest.

“We have leaped several steps forward. We are confident of a final decision tomorrow,” says BJP Rajya Sabha MP, Ramdas Agarwal.

Meanwhile, all three communities - the Gurjars, the Meenas and the Jats along with the government are eagerly waiting for the outcome of the meeting.

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