Nishad Party workers demand quota, protest turns violent at Jantar Mantar

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New Delhi | Updated: March 27, 2017 5:20:35 PM

A protest by the Nishad Party workers demanding quota at Delhi's Jantar Mantar turned violent as the protesters broke barricades.

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A protest by the Nishad Party workers demanding quota at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar turned violent as the protesters broke barricades. The Nishad Party which was formed in 2016 goes by the motive of ‘Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal’ works to empower Nishad caste which is one of the 20 communities whose traditional occupations centred on rivers. The Nishad caste currently comes under the Scheduled Tribes and it the 2017 assembly elections it fielded as many as 100 candidates but managed to win just one seat. The Bharatiya Janata Party ran away with a massive 325 seats in the seat followed by the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance that won 54 seats.

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According to the reports by India Today, the protest turned violent this morning when the party workers broke barricades and got into a fight with the police men. Earlier the Jats were also demanding a reservation and planned protests in the capital but they were called off after the Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar accepted their demands. “We will be prepared to hold demonstrations in Delhi in the future if the government fails to honour its promises made to Jats,” he Yashpal Malik from All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS).

The meeting between the Haryana Chief Minister and the Jat leaders lasted for nearly four hours and the dharna was called off after almost 52 days. Union ministers Birender Singh and P P Chaudhary were also present during the deliberations. Khattar, while describing the demands of reservation in education and jobs put forward by the Jats as “genuine”, had assured them of “full justice”.

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