In the wake of the Jat agitation for reservation, a section of leaders of the BJP Haryana unit has given a representation to Punjab and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki seeking a white paper on caste-wise allocation of jobs across the state. They have also demanded that the damage caused to property during the agitation be recovered from the rioters and action taken against officers who did not perform their duty of keeping law and order.
There have been divergent voices within the Haryana unit of BJP over the issue of Jat reservation and the manner in which the agitation was handled.
While the government has agreed to the reservation demand, there are some within the BJP who feel this would set a wrong precedent and encourage others to follow suit. Rewari MLA Randhir Singh Kapriwas and former MLA of Chhachhrauli Roshan Lal Arya in their representation stated that the agitation was an attempt to derail the expected investment in the state and defame the government.
Kapriwas said that a white paper on allotment of jobs would make it clear which caste has how much share of jobs as per population and bring to light if any community that is under-represented. Reservation could be granted accordingly, he said.
The BJP leaders demanded that property of the rioters be attached by the government and used for paying compensation to those whose property was damaged during the agitation. Strict action has been demanded against the rioters.
They sought Rs 1 crore compensation and a government job to the next of kin of those who died in the rioting, besides action against officers who did not perform their duty. Haryana Food and Supplies Minister Karan Dev Kamboj, meanwhile, stated that the incident was a blot on Haryana and if the government gives compensation to those involved in rioting, he would resign.
Kamboj said the Supreme Court was also of the view that the government should take action against those who disrupt peace and order. He said persons responsible for the heavy losses during the agitation should be identified and strict action taken against them. He sought a thorough inquiry and action against anyone found involved.
Earlier, at least 100 office-bearers of the BJP Rewari unit had tendered resignations expressing resentment at officials not listening to them during the agitation and not performing their duty.