Gujjars hold rally, demand adequate share in politics
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.
▪ Gujjar Adhikar Rally organised in Meerut on Sunday.