Govt: Open to negotiations with Gujjars

Jaipur, November 2

The Rajasthan Government on Monday said it was open to further negotiations with Gujjars demanding reservation even as the protest by the Gujjar Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti entered its second day with a rail track being blocked in Bharatpur and road traffic hit in many parts of the state. A North-Western Railways spokesman said routes of several passenger trains were changed in the wake of the agitation. According to the police, youths in large numbers blocked a rail track in Bharatpur’s Bayana and also damaged other tracks.

Roadways buses were stopped on Dausa, Bharatpur, Karauli, Dholpur and Hindaun routes and road traffic movement entering from Uttar Pradesh was also affected due to the agitation. The issue was also raised in the Rajasthan Assembly session. As soon as the session began, Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore sought a reply from the state government on the issue, saying the Cabinet sub-committee held talks with Gujjars but members of the community were still blocking railway tracks. — PTI

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