BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday extended her support to Jats from Haryana demanding reservation. In a statement, she also condemned the “police atrocities and excesses” on the protesters. Mayawati said Jats are not ready to believe “the empty promises” of BJP and Congress. She demanded that the community gets reservation “immediately”, while urging agitators to campaign peacefully and in a planned manner so that they get more support for their demand.
“Neither Congress, nor BJP have done justice to the Jat community. The majority government of the BJP in Haryana is doing what the Congress had done earlier. This has forced the community to start the agitation,” she said. “The Jats’ demand for reservation in jobs and education as OBC is valid… they have continued their struggle for the fulfillment of their demand for a long time,” she added.
Leaders of various khap panchayats in Uttar Pradesh also blocked several roads demanding reservation for Jats in government jobs even as security was stepped up along the UP-Haryana border in the state.
Meanwhile, leaders of various khap panchayats in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday blocked several roads in Muzaffarnagar to demand reservations for Jats in government jobs, even as security was stepped up along the Uttar Pradesh-Haryana border in the state.
The leaders staged protest and blocked Bhakpa bridge on Ganga canal, Shukertal and Shahpur areas in the district, causing disruption to vehicular movement, police said.
Three companies of paramilitary force and PAC have been deployed at Kairana and Bidoli check posts on the UP-Haryana interstate highway. Security has been tightened in view of Haryana’s situation, SP Vijay Bhushan said.
Inter-state roadways bus services were on Sunday cut-off on Panipat-Kairana and Karnal-Shamli routes. Not a single bus from Haryana has entered Shamli on Sunday, Shamli depot in-charge Rajender Chohha said.
-With PTI inputs
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