18 June: The 26-day-old agitation by Gujjars demanding Scheduled Tribe status has been called off after Rajasthan government conceded an additional 5 percent reservation under most backward class category.
The state government also announced a 14 percent reservation for economically weaker sections of Brahman, Kayast, Rajput, Vaishya and other backward classes.
Gujjar leader Col Kirodi Singh Bainsla and Government delegation leader and Rajya Sabha member Ramdas Agrawal gave this information at a joint press briefing in Jaipur.
Bainsla and Agrawal said the historic settlement had been achieved in the larger interests of 50 million people of the desert state.
"We have achieved success after the final meeting. This is a historic moment. I thank Chief Minister, This I can say is a success," Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla said.
Senior BJP leader Ramdas Aggarwal told reporters, "With everybody’s cooperation, we have reached a solution to the problem. I want to add that the solution decided has been taken keeping the welfare of 5 crore people of Rajasthan in mind."
"This agreement is not against any community or religion. We have accommodated wishes of each other; all will work together in the future", he added.
The written agreement would be formalised on Wednesday and the same would be announced formally in Jaipur.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Minister Vasudhara Raje chaired a meeting to discuss the outcome of the parleys between the two sides over the past four days. It was attended by BJP leaders including Gopinath Munde.
The state government’s nine-member team was headed by BJP MP and party treasurer Ramdas Agarwal.The Rajasthan government team is led by BJP MP and party treasurer Ramdas Agarwal.Courtsey DD NEWS