Haryana govt to bring in bill for OBC quota to Jats: BJP

New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI): Buckling under pressure from agitating Jats, BJP today announced that a Bill for giving OBC status to Jats will be brought in the coming Haryana Assembly session and a high-powered committee will be set up to examine the quota demand for the community in central jobs.

BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana Anil Jail also appealed to the Jats who have been protesting in Haryana to call off their agitation, which has badly hit life in the region, and return to their homes as their demands have been met.

"A bill will be brought in the coming session of the Haryana Assembly for granting OBC status to the Jats in the state," Jain said after a Jat delegation had an hour-long meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Haryana is ruled by a BJP government headed by M L Khattar.

Jain said a high-powered committee headed by a senior Union Minister will be set up today to look into the demand of reservation of jobs in central government for the Jats.
"The composition of the Committee will be announced by the BJP President (Amit Shah)," he said.

Those who attended the meeting with the Home Minister include Jat leaders from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi besides Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Haryana Minister Abhimanyu, BJP MP and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, former Deputy Chief of Army Lt Gen (Retd) Raj Kandyan etc.

After the meeting with the Home Minister, Jat Sangharsh Samiti leader Jaipal Sing Sangwan said the discussion was very positive and he was confident that the community would accept the decisions.

"We appeal to everyone to call off the agitation," he said.

However, another leader of the Jat Sangharsh Samiti Rajesh Dahiya said a decision on calling off the agitation would be taken by the community later.

Haryana was on the edge today as fresh incidents of arson and violence shook the state with a ninth town being brought under curfew as the Jat agitation for quota under OBC entered the eighth day so far claiming 10 lives.

The Jat stir also hit Delhi with the Arvind Kejriwal government announcing closure of schools tomorrow as part of water rationing after supply from Haryana was disrupted. The national capital also witnessed massive traffic jams in some parts.


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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Promenade Road,Frazer Town,B'lore

    Mon, Feb 22 2016

    Better to bring the bill early to stop the political trauma in the state.

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  • Valerian D'souza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 22 2016

    By granting OBC quota to Jats, BJP proved that they too are promoting reservations like INC did. Reservation is unfair vote bank politics.
    Depriving natural justice to many.
    Now Patels in Gujarat will demand.
    Making people believe that they can come up through reservations than hard work.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 22 2016

    Make the entire country OBC.
    That you be your greatest ACHIEVEMENT ...

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  • Rakib, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 22 2016

    Is it vote bank or Jat bank?
    Good message from BJP govt whoever indulge in violence then govt bow down front of them but no slogan raising which is highly anti national and sedition.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 22 2016

    What about Muslim, Christian, Jain, Sikh & Parsi ...

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Mon, Feb 22 2016

    I have travelled through the State of Haryana in 2006 by road from New Delhi through the national highway touching many cities like Sonipet-Panipat-Kurushetra-Karnal etc, historical places read in the Hindu scriptures, up to the Pakistan border in the State of Punjab.

    Haryana with less than the population of Kerala 25.5 million people is a prosperous State like the State of Punjab

    While the Congress Government was ruling Haryana, the anti-Christian attacks were very nominal and rare, but since BJP came into power both at the Center and Haryana, the situation has been drastically changed.

    I had to speak in a Christian function at Sonipet, the Church had no problems to conduct their service. But, when BJP took control, the hidden anti-Christian elements put their outfit of attack and one day came inside the Church and tried to attack the South Indian Pastor, but the local believers encircled him and protected him. Finally, because of his fear for life, he handed over the ministry to the local people and left the place, very rarely visit them.

    It is quite sad to watch the destruction and fireworks done in those cities the destruction is far bigger than our calculation.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, UDUPI/NEW YORK,USA.

    Mon, Feb 22 2016

    Good going. At least the fighting and killing will stop. Jats deserve the OBC quota.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 22 2016

    Evans, what do you know about Jats ...

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