As Jat quota stir continues, CM Khattar appeals to protesters to maintain peace

Leader of Opposition, Abhay Chautala and head of Haryana Janhit Congress, Kuldeep Bishnoi, did not attend the all party meeting

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: February 20, 2016 2:37 pm
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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.

Watch Video: Army flag marches after Jat agitators turned violent

“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.”

Watch Video: Haryana Government should resolve Jat quota row quickly, says Hooda

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.

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First Published on: February 20, 2016 12:09 am
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    Anil
    Feb 19, 2016 at 12:31 pm
    Unfortunate of withdrawal of kat reservation by political bias in Haryana.
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      Arun
      Feb 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm
      CM Khattar, the PUPPET of RSS has been snubbed by the Leader of Opposition, Abhay Chautala and head of Haryana Janhit Congress, Kuldeep Bishnoi, by not attending the all party meeting.
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        Jagat Haryana
        Feb 20, 2016 at 6:11 am
        Court was calm..Khattar was calm...Modi was calm..Saini was saying bad things even he used the words Pig for Jats...All of them were calm since last 2 years but now they say no one can take law in hands..Khattar says i talked on phone to Saini he is withdrawing all his words said by him.Khattar is CM or a Juggler..They killed Jats by Bullets...Khattar is still talking on phone with Saini.Why does not court take any action against Saini because he is spreading poison in Community ?Court, Khattar, Modi and even Jats who are in Ministry are together.
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          Jagat Haryana
          Feb 20, 2016 at 6:01 am
          Raj kumar Saini is taking law in hands since last 2 years but now you say when jats started agitation...no one should take law in hands....
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            kamath Ramesh
            Feb 20, 2016 at 10:39 am
            If possible include them in OBC without increasing the % of the total reservation which is 50% max. Let them compete amongst existing OBCs and their quota. SC should jump in, which normally jumps where not required, to deride the agitating jats so that govt becomes embolden to take strong action. Educated Jat leaders must be taken in to confidence to appraise them of the consutional limitation to increase the quota. Reservation on economic criteria should be imposed so that whoever is economically backward must get the benefit. It has become fashion now a days to become backward to get the govt alms. Though it is last thing to wish but what happens if every caste, creed, religion and community demand for the reservation? These sections are taking the advantage of the patience of the other sections. Let govt bring 100% of the potion under reservation. As per the law the group which is responsible for such destruction are made to pay the losses. Identify those people involved and slap strong punishment. This cannot be condoned. They are showing their muscle power. If military start showing its muscle power these goons cannot survive even for a minute. They are taking the advantage of the patience of the govt and people.
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              kamath Ramesh
              Feb 20, 2016 at 10:55 am
              Is he exceeding his freedom of expression? If yes why nobody filed the case against him and tried under the law. Do not justify the destruction by blaming Saini.
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                kamath Ramesh
                Feb 20, 2016 at 10:52 am
                This shows how sensitive these opposition parties are. How much they are concerned on the welfare of the state and its people. Even the worst enemy would come to help if requested and these parties are worst than the enemies. Puppet of RSS is bad but puppets of Italy is ok, puppets of corrupt is ok.
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                  raj
                  Feb 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm
                  Reservation is a zero-sum game - Jat's gain comes at the expense of other castes. If you please Jats, next group will agitate for the same - they see benefits in destroying public property.
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