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Jat outfit gives call for month-long stir to press for quota

Appeals to Jats not to vote for BJP in UP, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
December 17, 2016 12:45:22 am

Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) have decided to start “Jat Nyay Yatra” from December 23 from Rohtak that will continue till the end of January. The Jats will sit on dharnas at various places thereafter for fulfilment of their demands. The Samiti members have also decided to appeal against voting for the BJP during the Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

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These decisions were announced during a protest held by the Samiti outside the BJP office in New Delhi on Friday, where the members submitted a memorandum addressed to BJP president Amit Shah.

In the memorandum, the demands raised include bringing a Bill in the Parliament to include Jats in the OBC category. Further, it has been sought that Jats in Haryana who are behind bars following the agitation in February should be released and “false cases” should not be registered against them. The families of those who have died during the agitation should be given government jobs and compensation as per the agreement with the Samiti.

The memorandum further demands that cases be registered against officers and officials who allegedly indulged in atrocities against the Jats during the agitation. The Samiti has also sought that action be taken against BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini who has been speaking against the Jats.

ABJASS president Yash Pal Malik said after the Supreme Court quashed the notification giving reservation to Jats in nine states on March 17, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief had assured Jat MPs and MLAs that the drawbacks due to which the reservation was not given would be removed and Jats would be made part of Other Backward Classes. However, a year-and-a-half later, no decision has been taken, he said.

Talking about the future course of action, Malik said, “We will be appealing to people in Punjab, Uttarakhand and UP not to vote for the BJP. The party will have to pay a price for not fulfilling its promises. Preparations are also being made for holding protests in the states where there are no elections scheduled.”

The Samiti will be organising 114th birth anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh at Garhi Sample in Rohtak on December 23. “Jat Nyay Yatra” will be started on the same day from here that will move across Haryana. It will continue till the end of January after which protests will be started across the state. Malik said the protests would be held peacefully till the Jats are not given reservation at the Centre and in the state.

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