Jat quota agitation in Haryana: In an attempt to placate the agitators, Khattar has called for a meeting at Haryana Bhawan in the national capital which is expected to begin around 3.30 pm.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has invited heads of Jat organisations in Delhi for a discussion on Sunday. This comes in the wake of the announcement that the outfit made last week. The Jat agitators had threatened to disrupt BJP president Amit Shah rally which is scheduled to take place on February 15 in Jind. In an attempt to placate the agitators, Khattar has called for a meeting at Haryana Bhawan in the national capital which is expected to begin around 3.30 pm.
As per the report by the Indian Express, All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti chief Yashpal Malik will lead a delegation of Jat leaders to the meeting today. Union Minister Birender Singh, a senior leader from the Jat community, is also expected to participate in the talks.
Reacting to the invitation from the Chief Minister, Yashpal Malik – the president of the outfit – said that he will meet Khattar today. “Although the state government is well aware of our demands, we will once again reiterate our stand. So far, our plan of launching a rally in Jind on February 15 stands firm. The rest will depend on the outcome of Sunday’s meeting,” Malik was quoted as saying.
In order to placate the outfit, the Haryana’s BJP government had already on Tuesday withdrawn 70 FIRs that were filed against 882 people during the Jat quota agitation violence that happened in February 2016. As per a report by The Indian Express, 70 FIRs were filed against the people for “minor offences” such as felling of trees, blocking rail traffic and highways. However, the organisation – All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti – that has been spearheading the Jat agitation in Haryana, was not impressed with the move and has threatened to disrupt Shah’s upcoming rally in Jind.
While on the other hand, Haryana’s Home Secretary, S S Prasad said that the Centre has accepted the state government’s request to send 150 companies of paramilitary forces to Haryana. Prasad added by saying that paramilitary personnel will be deployed across the state as per the situation’s requirement. “The Chief Minister has held a meeting with the state’s Director-General of Police and other senior officers in Delhi on Saturday,” he said. “We hope that the outcome of Sunday’s meeting will be positive,” said Krishan Kumar Bedi, Haryana’s Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment.