Veteran lawyer and former speaker of legislative assembly Shantilal Chaplot broke his hunger strike after receiving assurance from the Chief Minister of talks on establishment of the High Court Bench in Udaipur.
Chaplot broke the fast in the wee hours of Friday morning after long discussions with UDH Minister Shri Chand Kriplani. Kriplani informed Chaplot about the invitation for talks by CM Vasundhara Raje. He said that the talks were a positive sign and urged Chaplot to break the fast and go along with Kriplani to Jaipur for discussions with CM Raje on establishing High Court Bench in Udaipur.
Chaplot finally gave in to the request of Kriplani and broke the fast. Chaplot’s breaking the fast led to a divide within the protesting advocate community. While one set prepared to go along with Chaplot for the talks with CM, the other group said that breaking the fast at behest of just talks meant that the entire fasting exercise was an eyewash. They said that breaking the fast was insulting and they even ransacked the protesting site in the morning on Friday.
The same set of people who had garlanded Chaplot a couple of days back today put black ink on his poster as a mark of their protest.
A representative group along with Chaplot will be meeting CM Raje on 19-May.