THE protest by a faction of Jats over the reservation issue at Mayar in Hisar district will end Sunday morning as Haryana Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar has “in principle” promised members of the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti and other Jat groups that reservation would be provided as had been agreed to in other states, such as Uttar Pradesh. The agitation had begun Friday.
After a two-hour meeting at Hansi Rest House Saturday, which ended around 10.30 pm, Akhil Bharatiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti state head Hawa Singh Sangwan said, “The Agriculture Minister has in principle agreed to our demand. We have decided to end our agitation at Mayar Sunday morning. But if the state government goes back on its promise , we will again launch an agitation.”
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Sangwan said the meeting was held in “two shifts.” Initially, Dhankar failed to convince the Jat leaders. When they came out, they were called back and Dhankar gave the ‘in-principle’ nod.
Before the meeting, Sangwan and other Jat leaders had threatened to intensify the ‘rail roko’. A rally will be organised at Sampla in Rohtak district on Sunday, with more Jat factions extending their support to the quota demand. Mahender Punia, general secretary of Jat Aarakshan Samiti, said, “The rally at Sampla at Chotu Ram Memorial will be held as per schedule.”
As the railway line at Mayar village was blocked, eight trains were affected Saturday and had to be diverted. These were Rewari-Fazilka, Rewari-Bathinda, Rewari-Sriganganagar, Rewari-Hisar, Hisar-Rewari, Sriganganagar-Rewari, Fazilka-Rewari and Bhatinda-Rewari.