Gujjar leader Kirori Singh Bainsla, spearheading the community’s agitation for ST status, has conveyed his readiness to resume the talks on Wednesday, officials in the office of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said late on Tuesday evening.
Rajasthan government promptly welcomed the development. Bainsla would communicate the strength and composition of the Gujjar delegation on Wednesday morning, the officials said.
The breakthrough in the stalemate over the future of the talks came after Sri Sri Ravi Shankar stepped in as a mediator meeting Raje in Jaipur and Bainsla at Karwadi-Pilupura, the nerve centre of Gujjar agitation for the last 19 days.
The spiritual leader first met Raje and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde, the party’s prominent OBC face, and then held an over hour-long meeting with Bainsla.
The spiritual leader came into the picture at a time when talks between the two sides had hit new roadblocks as Gujjars came up with fresh preconditions for continuing the exercise.
On the other hand, Rajasthan government sent mixed signals sending a letter to Bainsla to send a delegation for talks and at the same time filing criminal cases against him and some other top Gujjar leaders for allegedly making inflammatory speeches.