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Jats threaten to launch agitation from Feb 18

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The All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has threatened to again launch an agitation if their long-pending demands, including reservation, are not fulfilled by February 18.

 After the meeting of the office bearers of AIJASS held on Wednesday, its national chief Yashpal Malik asked the Jats to be ready to accelerate the reservation movement.

He said that Balidan diwas would be observed in Haryana as well as across the country on February 18 where announcement would be made to launch another agitation to press for our demands.

 Jats demand justice immediately. As per the promises made by the BJP led Central and Haryana Governments, they should include the reservation law in the 9th Schedule read with Article 31B of the Constitution of India in the coming session of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, he said.

Notably, the Jat agitation in February 2016 had left 31 people dead and more than 200 injured in Haryana.

After this, the Khattar government had buckled under pressure by giving 10 percent reservation to Jats and five other communities. However, the move was put on hold by the Punjab and Haryana High Court since May 2016.

The Jat community had then again held protests in various parts of Haryana last year but called it off following several rounds of parleys in New Delhi between the senior BJP leaders and Jat leaders.

Both sides had reached a consensus on issues, including initiation of the process of reservation for the Jats in central Government jobs, general amnesty for those booked during the February 2016 Jat quota violence, reconsideration of criminal cases lodged against Jat agitators since 2010 and permanent jobs to next-of-kin of those killed and those maimed during the 2016 Jat agitation in Haryana.

Besides, the government had assured to give monetary compensation to the injured and institute probe against officers accused of high-handedness during the Jat stir 2016.




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