Jats ‘call off’ stir,to wait for panel report

Jats will formally announce their decision after consulting the members of their community.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 4, 2012 12:17 am

The ongoing protest by Jats in various parts of Haryana,Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan was “called off” on Saturday evening after Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda assured the protestors that their demands pertaining to reservation in government jobs will be considered within six months after the Haryana Backward Classes Commission submits its report.

However,the Jats will formally announce their decision only after consulting the members of their community — who are currently sitting on hungerstrike — by Sunday afternoon in Hisar district.

Both sides — the Haryana government and representatives of the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) — reached a solution to the tussle after Hooda met 26 leaders of various Jat organisations and Khaps at his residence in Chandigarh. The meeting continued for four hours.

A senior AIJASS leader,Dharampal,said: “The chief minister has assured us that once the Commission’s report is submitted,he will implement reservation quota for us in government jobs. We will take these assurances to other members of our organisation,who are sitting on a chain hungerstrike in Ramayan village in Hisar,and discuss with the members of our community on Sunday. If they agree,we will formally call off our agitation.”

A large number of Jats,mainly representatives of AIJASS — led by Yashpal Malik — have been holding protests over the last three weeks against Haryana government and the Centre for not introducing reservation quota for Jats in government jobs. They were also demanding that cases registered against them be immediately withdrawn.

“The chief minister has given us assurance that he will consider all our demands,but he needs time for the same. We have so far agreed with him and decided to suspend our agitation. But the final decision will be taken after we hold a meeting with all our members in Hisar district,” said Malik.

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