Jat leaders put off Delhi protest over reservation

Posted Марта 20, 2017

"After reading our collection, it exceeded the sales of last Sunday", Chopra said.Utkarsh Bhatt who owns a fuel station on the service lane of the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway near Rajiv Chowk said he is yet to assess Sunday's earnings but the long queues at the pump indicated that there would be at least a hike of over 20% from Saturday's collection.

Jat leaders chose to call off their agitation after a marathon four-hour meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and two Union Ministers Birender Singh and P P Chaudhary who both are Jats.

The Jats on Sunday deferred their quota protests and the planned siege of Parliament on Monday after a truce was reached following a meeting between community leaders and the Haryana government. The ongoing Jat agitation crisis in the national capital region on Sunday was called off after Jat agitators and government mutually agreed on post-pone the protest.

The police announced that all metro stations in Delhi-NCR will remain open; however, the exits from Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Lok Kalyan Marg stations will remain closed today.

The leader of the jat agitation movement, Yashpal Malik also reiterated Khattar's assurance.

At a meeting, Khattar told the leaders of the All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samity that the Centre would introduce reservation in education and government jobs for the community after legal disputes were settled.

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The Jats, who have for always been demanding reservations in government jobs and educational institutions, had threatened to march on the national capital tomorrow to press their demand.

Meanwhile, 18 police personnel, including an SP and a DSP, were among 35 injured when Jat protesters clashed with the police on being prevented from marching towards Delhi. Khattar said the Centre and the Haryana government will begin the process of giving them reservations. He claimed a few protesters were also injured. "We are committed to resolve this issue", Khattar said.

The police had on Saturday asked the Metro to curtail its services to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in a bid to foil the entry of Jats into Delhi. There was a momentum growing and the agitation threatened to be a repeat of 1988 when lakhs of Jats had gathered at the India Gate to press for their demands.

Violence during the agitation past year had left 30 people dead and over 200 injured.

A Haryana ministerial panel led by senior Minister Ram Bilas Sharma had held talks with the Jats in Panipat on March 16, after which the minister had said that an agreement had been reached with the community and the deadlock could end soon.

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