August 28, 2016 3:52:53 am
NEARLY SIX months after the agitation by Jats demanding reservation sparked violence and led to loss of life and property, Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) held a ‘Bhaichara rally at Rohtak, the epicentre of the protests with the aim of restoring ties among all communities. The Jat leaders, however, also reiterated their demand for reservation and said the government should fulfill its promises.
Jat leaders have planned a series of public meetings next month after which the future course of action will be decided. Apart from Haryana, the well-attended rally witnessed the participation of Jats and leaders from other communities from several other states.
There was heavy security cover to prevent any untoward incident. Rohtak had in February witnessed violent clashes between the police and the protesters as well as Jats and non-Jats.
Yash Pal Malik, president of ABJASS, said the government had failed to give reservation to the Jats and should fight the legal battle in court on their behalf. He said that while the government has fulfilled some of the demands like giving compensation to families whose members died in the agitation, there was much more that needs to be done.
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“We have given 20-25 days time to the government to fulfill our demand for reservation. In the meantime we will be public meetings at several places to prepare for another agitation if needed. On September 4, a meeting is scheduled for Delhi. On September 13, a shradhanjali sabha in memory of those who died will be held at Hisar. Another rally will be held on September 28 in Punjab. The future course of action will be decided in these meetings,” said Malik.
Giving a warning to the BJP, Malik said they would not give votes to the party in Uttar Pradesh if the demand for reservation was not fulfilled. He said that on one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured that reservation will be given, on the other BJP’s own MP was trying to create a rift. He demanded that the PM should intervene in the matter.
The rally was attended by leaders of Patidhar andolan in Gujarat as well. They sought that the Patels should be given reservation in Gujarat. Representatives of the Maratha andolan were also present.
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