WITH THE Jat quota agitation getting violent, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Friday evening issued an appeal to the protesters, saying that his government was trying to find a way to resolve the issue.
“I appeal to the protesters to exercise restrain and call off their agitation to maintain peace and brotherhood in the state,” said Khattar. “The government is in favour of reservation to Jats in the state and trying to find out ways and means for the same,” he added.
“As the leaders of various political parties have appealed to the protesters to call off their agitation, I hope that the agitation would end,” he said after an all-party meeting called by him to discuss the situation in the state.
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The meeting was attended by state BJP president Subhash Barala, Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, former chief minister and Congress MLA Bhupinder Singh Hooda, CLP leader Kiran Choudhary, state Congress unit chief Ashok Tanwar, INLD president Ashok Arora, INLD MLA Jasvinder Singh Sandhu, BSP MLA Tek Chand Sharma and Independent MLA Jai Parkash.
Leader of Opposition Abhay Chautala and Haryana Janhit Congress chief Kuldeep Bishnoi skipped the meeting.
Tanwar said, “We gave our suggestions to the chief minister in the meeting. We told them that it is the government’s responsibility to maintain peace and harmony in the state. We also asked the government to find out an amicable solution to the issue and hold talks with the people to resolve their issues.”
Khattar said, “The state government would prepare a draft Bill for reservation and suggestions have been sought from all parties on this. Our government has a positive approach on this demand and if all parties agreed, the government would bring a Bill in the ensuing session of Haryana Vidhan Sabha.”
In a statement released by the state government, he said party MP Raj Kumar Saini has been asked to withdraw his statement against Jats. “If the words of Saini have hurt the sentiments of the Jats, all his statements may be treated as withdrawn,” he said.
“Nobody is allowed to take law in his hands. After today’s meeting where all party leaders had consented to appeal, it is hoped that the agitating Jats would end their agitation,” Khattar added.