Jat quota stir: Fearing fallout in other states, BJP rushes leaders to douse fire

The BJP leadership has asked its Jat leaders to mediate between the Manohar Lal Khattar government and agitating Jat leaders.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: February 21, 2016 8:18 pm
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With the Jat quota agitation spreading in Haryana, the BJP Saturday reached out to protesters and said the Centre is ready to initiate the process of providing reservation.

The BJP leadership has asked its Jat leaders to mediate between the Manohar Lal Khattar government and agitating Jat leaders. The BJP has also decided to send a showcause notice to party MP from Kurukshetra Raj Kumar Saini for his remarks opposing reservation for Jats. Saini has threatened that he would resign if their demand for quota is met.

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Admitting that there is an “atmosphere of anarchy” in the state, Union Minister Birender Singh said, “We have been assured by our national leadership that we should go and speak with people of our community… Political parties should also help in this process. We appeal to people of Haryana to deal with this situation,” Singh said at a press conference at the party headquarters.

Singh, the party’s most notable Jat leader from Haryana, was joined by Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, who has emerged as the party’s Jat face in western UP, Haryana cabinet minister O P Dhankar and party General Secretary and state in-charge Anil Jain. Apart from these leaders, BJP general secretary Ramlal is also expected to be part of the team that would initiate talks with Jats.

BJP leaders have also briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the developments, sources said. Both Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP chief Amit Shah held a meeting with party leaders to find ways to resolve the crisis.

BJP leaders admitted that the agitation — which is on similar lines as the Patel quota agitation in Gujarat — could snowball into a major crisis for the government at the Centre. The Gujarat government had cracked down on protesters and arrested Hardik Patel on charges of sedition. But in the current scenario, when the party is already facing flak for its offensive against JNU students, such a move could backfire, BJP leaders said.

Besides, they fear the agitation could spread to other states like Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Antagonising Jats, a community that stood with the BJP in the last Lok Sabha and Haryana Assembly elections, would be damaging to the party’s prospects in UP, where elections will be held next year.

At the press conference, BJP ministers asserted that the party stands for quota for Jats.

Singh said, “In a way, there is an atmosphere of anarchy (in Haryana). I appeal to people leading the agitation to hold talks with our leadership… Youths who are at the forefront should also join talks. I appeal, pray to the people of Haryana, to maintain peace and harmony,” he said.

The BJP also blamed the Congress for the crisis, saying that the current government is paying the price for its “wrong deeds”. Jain said the Congress announced reservation for Jats without due diligence due to “political reasons”.

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First Published on: February 21, 2016 2:06 am
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    ambrish
    Feb 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm
    CONGRESS IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL THE ILLS OF THE NATION. UNLESS THE ROOT CAUSE IS REMOVED, TREATING SYMPTOMS IS LIKE APPLYING BAND AID. THERE IS NO END TO QUOTA FIGHT IN SIGHT. THERE SHOULD BE A COMPREHENSIVE SOLUTION FOR SHARING GOVERNMENT JOBS BASED ON PERCENTAGE OF EACH COMMUNITY IN THE STATE.
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      Arun
      Feb 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm
      BJP will vanish by 2019. Be patient for 3 more years ONLY.
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        Arun
        Feb 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm
        RSS/BJP does not have any idea about GOVERNANCE.
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          ASHOK KUMAR
          Feb 21, 2016 at 7:36 am
          Modi's mantra of good governance has turned out to be a mere slogan for getting votes.
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            Robbie Peters
            Feb 21, 2016 at 8:38 am
            Charge Jat's with Sedition and put them in Jail like you did to Patels in Gujarat, that's the only solution
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              Joy
              Feb 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm
              The two years made it clear that, things are not totally under control of BJP government. The embarrment created by his own trusted colleagues as well as the people across the country spontaneously will have a lasting negative effect on this regime of Modi/BJP.
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                jagar
                Feb 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                Haryana Govt. took no steps for social and educational survey of Jats after SC struck down reservation.Unless such backwardness is shown,no reservation can be given.Why should Govt. function under pressure only?
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                  jagar
                  Feb 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm
                  They fear the results like Gujarat.
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                    NAGU
                    Feb 21, 2016 at 8:59 am
                    Dear Ashok Kumar, MODI can Cheat INDIAN Voters only ONCE, Telling 1) Black Money from Swiss Bank, 2) Lallugate, 3) 48 MURDERS OF VYAPAM SCAM etc , no more SLOGANS , Indians have learnt about our beloved PM. Naagu
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                      Nityananda
                      Feb 21, 2016 at 5:10 am
                      The Jat stir, the JNU stir, the UOH stir, the logjams in Parliament etc are all symptoms of the same failing of the BJP Govt and its senior party cadre. That failing is the inability to enagage in dialog with adversaries and agitators and finding a via media. Instead the NDA believes in sledge hammer responses , legal overkill and sometimes the deployment of undue force .It's a pity the seniormost members of the Central Govt lack the strategic sense to see where this kind of approach is leading them.
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                        s s nair
                        Feb 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm
                        See how Modi has solved all problems in India by his silence.
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                          P M
                          Feb 21, 2016 at 8:43 am
                          Charge any one opposing Modi Government under sedition ..
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                            Vijay
                            Feb 21, 2016 at 5:31 pm
                            Wow! obviously the government is scared of Jats. They are unable to bring sedition charges against Jats. But Hardic Patel was booked on sedition? Why double standards?
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