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Reservation row at rally

Ajmer, June 14 (PTI): Demanding reservation for Rajputs in the OBC category, several women activists of Rajput Aarakshan Manch briefly disrupted Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s meeting here today.

As soon as Sonia started her speech, several women sitting behind the press enclosure in front of the podium got up displaying placards and demanding reservation for Rajputs. Security personnel and others tried to pacify them but they continued with their demonstration until Congress general secretary Ambika Soni came down from the podium and accepted their memorandum.

The memorandum rejected Rajasthan government's offer of reservation for Rajputs in the category of economically poor, asserting that since Jats had been included in the OBC list Rajputs should also be given similar benefit.

Soni told the activists that some leaders of the manch had met her in Pushkar and their demand would be discussed soon.

Gandhi could continue her speech only after Soni gave the assurance.

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