Gujjars step up stir in Rajasthan after High Court denies them reservation
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After the Rajasthan High Court held earlier in the day that Gujjars could not be given special reservation in government jobs, members of the community took to the streets and stepped up the agitation to further press for their demands.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Mahesh Bhagwati ruled in the morning that Gujjars cannot be given special reservation and an act of 2008 has no "substratum of quantifiable data" that could justify the reservation.
The move to provide reservation by government could not, therefore, be acted upon, the judges said.
The court also directed the state government to carry out an exercise within a year to establish the 'backwardness' of Gujjars, Raikas, Raibari and Gadiya Lohar communities in the fields of education and government employment.
Gujjars have been agitating for the last two days in support of their demands, including quota in jobs. The Ashok Gehlot government has said it was ready for talks to end the impasse.
The High Court had earlier stayed the quota as it was exceeding the 50 per cent limit.
After giving orders to step up the agitation, Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla said: "We are not ready to give up till our demands are met."
Rail and road traffic were disrupted in Rajasthan's Bharatpur district due to the stir. Traffic on National Highway 12 and the Kota-Jalawar Highway was severely affected.
Reacting to the High Court's order, Bainsla asked community members across Rajasthan to intensify their agitation in support of their demand.
"The government has cheated us by not presenting our side very effectively in the High Court. It is injustice with us and now I have asked all my people not only in Rajasthan but outside the state to launch the agitation," Bainsla told PTI from the sit-in site.
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