Jats call off stir after govt assurance in Rajasthan
Members of the Jat community, agitating for quota in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur for last two days, on Tuesday withdrew their stir, following an assurance by the state government that a Bill will be brought in the upcoming Assembly session to include them in the OBC category.
“The state government is already working on a Bill on Other Backward Classes (OBC), in which Jats would be covered, and the Bill would be brought in the upcoming session of Assembly beginning February 29”, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Arun Chaturvedi said.
“Rajathan would make a representation to the Central OBC Committee. The state government would try its best to get included Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur in the Central OBC list,” Chaturvedi said.
At a joint press conference, Chaturvedi and Congress MLA and prominent Jat leader Vishwendra Singh expressed confidence in each other and said the ‘stir is ended right away’.
It was also decided that if there were any criminal cases pending with the police over the agitation, the state government would try to resolve them, the Minister said.
Jats in Rajasthan already have reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.
- A high-powered committee, set up by BJP on Jat quota issue, on Tuesday held consultations with CM Manohar Lal Khattar and weighed various options for providing quota to them “without compromising with the rights of other communities
- Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was on Tuesday heckled and shown black flags by an angry mob when he visited Rohtak, the epicentre of the stir, even as the violence-hit state showed signs of return to normalcy
- There were no reports of fresh violence though the situation remained tense in Jat dominated areas like Rohtak and Sonipat, nine days after the agitation erupted leaving a trail of destruction. The death toll in the violence has been put at 19.
- Curfew still in force in Hissar, Hansi and Bhiwani towns; a four-hour relaxation was given in the worst-hit Rohtak
- Traffic has resumed on the arterial Ambala-Delhi Highway up to Panipat and officials hope that as the situation normalises in Sonepat, the onward traffic would resume soon after
- Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda was asked by the district administration to leave Rohtak today
- Actress Mallika Sherawat, who hails from Haryana, has called on Jats to maintain peace and non-violence. “My appeal to the jaat community to maintain peace and nonviolence,” <li style="display: inline !important;">Sherawat tweeted
- Leaders of 35 non-Jat communities have threatened to launch a protest if action is taken by BJP against its party MP Raj Kumar Saini in connection with the Jat stir. They alleged that the party was trying to shift the blame for the agitation on Saini
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