Dec 31: Indore saw itself embroiled with ‘Gujjar’s Mahapanchayat’ on Sunday, called for planning strategies for how the agitation could be carried ahead after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajasthan government turned down their demand for ST status and decided to boycott BJP nationwide.
Gopichand Gurjar, the vice-president of Akhil Bharatiya Gujjar Mahasabha said that community has decided to boycott BJP across the country because the Vasundhara Raje-led Rajasthan government has not taken any step for granting ST status to his community despite promising to the same.
He further said that Congress-led central government has not clarified its stand over the issue. We have no other choice except to boycott Congress too, if it doesn’t clear its stand soon. We have also decided to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi over the issue.
Akhil Bharatiya Gujjar Samaj president Vijayendra Patil said that there were around 10 crore Gujjars living in 11 states. The BJP government in Rajasthan disregarded our reservation demand, though it had promised to send recommendation in favour of Gujjars ST status to the Centre.
He further told that since BJP government has cheated us, we have decided unanimously not to vote the Party instead boycott it.
Gujjars from several states, comprising Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Delhi participated in the Mahapanchayat.
The three-member committee headed by Justice Jasraj Chopra had recommended a special package for redressal of Gujjar’s problems and also made suggestions to bring them into the national mainstream through measures to alleviate their poverty and backwardness.
The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje had took an unanimous decision of forming another panel headed by BJP leader Ramdas Agarwal to look into the recommendations of Chopra committee’s report for the uplift of Gujjar by providing them with special packages. The new panel’s report has to submit its report by March 2008.
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