Rajasthan Gujjar Agitation

There are already security alerts in Bharatpur district due to the threats of gujjar andolan. It was expected that the protest would be starting from 15thMay, 2018 as per the previous announcement by gujjar leader Colonel Kirori Singh Bainsla. The agitation is for their demand of 5 per cent reservation within OBC quota. But, now, it has been postponed to May 23. Rajasthan Gujjar Agitation

Decision to postpone for one more week

In fact, the government of Rajasthan had a meeting with 15-member gurjar delegation on 14th May in Jaipur.  Gurjars called that meeting unsatisfactory while Panchayati raj minister Rajendra Singh Rathore called it positive.  But, nothing meaningful came out.

On 15th May, Mahapanchayat held in Adda village of Bharatpur district where the decision to postpone for a week was taken. Thousands of gurjars had attended this meeting. At this Mahapanchayat, Gurjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (GASS) spokesman Himmat Singh said that the agitation would now begin from Pilupura in Bharatpur district.

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He also cited the reason that postponing this agitation for one more week.  Singh said, “This way, we have given the state government seven days’ time to decide on our demand of granting 5 per cent reservation to Gujjars under the OBC (Other Backward Classes) quota.”

Rajasthan Government forms Rohini Commission

For sub-categorisation of OBCs, central government has formed Rohini Commission. In fact, Commission has also invited the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh on June 4, 2018 to discuss the issue. As soon as the central government decides on the subject, the state government would announce the decision in this regard.

Gurjjars on Reservation Quota Rajasthan Gujjar Agitation

The gurjars are protesting for reservation for last decade. They have been already given one per cent reservation in the ‘most backward’ category but they are demanding for a five per cent quota under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) slab.

In October 2017, the Rajasthan Assembly passed a bill to raise OBC reservation from 21 to 26 per cent to create a new category within it for Gujjars and some other castes. But, Rajasthan high court put a stay on the bill as it would have increased the reservation to 54 per cent. Further Supreme Court also directed not to exceed the 50 percent reservation cap. Rajasthan Gujjar Agitation


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