Gu­j­jars hold rally, de­mand ad­e­quate share in pol­i­tics

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­[email protected]

MEERUT: Thou­sands of Gu­j­jars and their lead­ers from western UP and other states turned up at the ‘Gu­j­jar Ad­hikar Rally’ here on Sun­day to raise their de­mand for ad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion and share in pol­i­tics and gover­nance.

The rally was or­gan­ised un­der the aegis of ‘Pathik Sena’ whose na­tional pres­i­dent Mukhiya Gu­j­jar is a BJP leader.

His son Kul­vin­der Singh is pres­i­dent of dis­trict pan­chayat and a leader of BJP. BJP’s Gu­j­jar lead­ers and MLAs also at­tended the rally and ex­tended their sol­i­dar­ity to the 13-point char­ter of de­mands that in­cluded at least five tick­ets to Gu­j­jar can­di­dates in UP in the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion, ad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion in gov­ern­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion, for­ma­tion of Gu­j­jar Reg­i­ment in the In­dian Army, 5% reser­va­tion to Gu­j­jars as OBC and with­drawal of ban on re­cruit­ment of Gu­j­jars in body­guard pla­toon of the pres­i­dent.

The rally was or­gan­ised at Nauchandi ground, which at­tracted a good crowed of Gu­j­jars from dif­fer­ent dis­tricts of western UP and Gu­j­jar lead­ers from Kash­mir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and other states.

Pathik Sena’s na­tional pres­i­dent Mukhiya Gu­j­jar blamed the rul­ing par­ties for ig­nor­ing the rights of Gu­j­jars who ac­counted for al­most 13.6% pop­u­la­tion in western UP while Jats (with 14% pop­u­la­tion) had been given more weigh­tage.

He said sim­i­lar ral­lies would be or­gan­ised in ev­ery dis­trict of western Ut­tar Pradesh to raise and push de­mands of Gu­j­jar com­mu­nity. The rally was presided over by Yog Guru Swami Karamveer. Oth­ers who at­tended it in­cluded Ravin­dra Bhadana (ex-MLA and BJP’s dis­trict pres­i­dent in Meerut), BJP MLA Di­nesh Kha­tiq, MLA from Ra­jasthan Yogin­der Singh Awana, BJP’s Loni MLA Nand Kishore and Teja Gu­j­jar.

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▪ Gu­j­jar Ad­hikar Rally or­gan­ised in Meerut on Sun­day.

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