After raising its demand for reservation in government jobs and for admissions in educational institutions in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS), a body comprising various Jat organisations of three states Tuesday announced to rake up the same reservation issue in poll-bound Punjab. The ABJASS also announced that from September 28 onwards, all the Jat organisations under its banner shall begin its campaign across Punjab against the SAD-BJP government.
Yashpal Malik, national president of ABJASS, announced this while addressing a rally organised in Hisar’s Mayyar village. During his address, Malik said, “On September 28 morning, the Jat organisations shall march towards Hussainiwala in Punjab from Fatehabad Jat Dharamshala in Haryana to “wake up” Punjab Jats on the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. We will take the oath in Hussainiwala to fight for reservation till end like Bhagat Singh did for freedom.”
Further addressing the peaceful gathering at Jat Shaheed Shrandhanjali Sabha in Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex at Mayyar, Malik made it clear that his organisation would he holding Jat Arakshan Sandesh Yatra and Jat Sankalp Rallies across Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to appeal Jats to take political decision against BJP in the 2017 assembly elections.
“We are seeking reservation for Punjab Jats for the last 10 years. But I was surprised when I read an article on September 10 in a newspaper that in Mandal Commission report those communities which were left out included Jat Sikh, Saini and Swarankar. They (Punjab government) gave reservation to Sainis and Swarankars but a Jat Sikh Chief Minister again left the noose hanging in their necks,” said Malik.
Referring to the importance of Jat community in Punjab, Malik questioned the gathering – “Who is Punjab’s Chief Minister? A Jat. Who is trying to be next Punjab Chief Minister? A Jat. And who is being hanged? A Jat.”
He added that in Punjab maximum Jats are into farming who do not have any family members in politics. Rather they are fighting for their rights with the CM, MLAs and MPs whom they have voted to power. Public can not even understand the level of political conspiracy that is being played against Jat community.
The event was attended by Khap leaders from various districts of Haryana, Jat leaders from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. President of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Jagdish Singh Jhinda, while addressing the gathering also extended support for reservation to Jats.
The rally which was organised on the sixth death anniversary of one of the Jat protesters from Ladwa, Sunil Sheoran, who was shot dead by the Haryana police on September 13, 2010, at Mayyar saw Delhi members of the Jat community handing over Rs. 1.37 lakh each to the family members of Sheoran, Mayyar native Sandeep Kadwasra who died on March 6, 2012, and Fatehabad resident Vijay Kadwasra who died on March 23, 2011, during the Jat agitation.
Addressing the gathering, a number of Khap leaders lashed out at their own community leaders who claimed to have been holding talks with state government on reservation issue but had failed.
Commenting on BJP’s MP from Kurukshetra, Raj Kumar Saini; Malik said, “The BJP government would soon see results in the coming elections for not acting against him (Saini).” He also appealed organisation’s district committees to collect money to help out those Jat families whose members are behind the bars due to the Jat agitation in February.