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Dec 22, 2010 at 09:11am IST

Gehlot-Bainsla talks fail, Gujjar stir continues

The Gujjar agitation enters its third day on Wednesday with the community showing no signs of relenting from its demand of a 5 per cent quota in Rajasthan.

Talks between Gujjar leader col Bainsla and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot failed on Tuesday and the effects were felt across the country with massive train disruptions.

Stranded passengers, delayed trains and disrupted rail traffic marked Day two of the Gujjar agitation.

Some trains on the Delhi-Mumbai line were cancelled, several others diverted as the Gujjars blocked railway tracks.

But twenty four hours after they took to the railway tracks, the gujjars are in no mood to blink.

"We either want our 5 percent quota or we want these recruitments to be put on hold," said Col Bainsla.

Former Maharaja of Bharatpur Vishvendra singh intervened on behalf of the government. He got Gujjar leader Col Bainsla to speak to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot but the talks failed.

The govt is learnt to have assured the Gujjars that a notional 5% jobs will be set aside for them - this to be filled up after a special redruitment drive - but that would be after the court verdict.

"Government will not put the recruitment for one lakh jobs on hold. Will put forth their case strongly before the court," said Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal.

As the Gujjar protest continues, all eyes are on the court hearing.

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