Jat agitation called off after Haryana chief minister Khattar meets protesters

The decision to post-pone the agitation followed several rounds of meetings between the government and prominent Jat leaders.

The impending Jat agitation crisis in the national capital region on Sunday was averted after Jat agitators and government agreed on truce albeit a temporary one. The decision to postpone agitation by 15 days came after the intervention of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

This comes as huge relief to students of NCR appearing for board exams, besides those heading to office and even the current Parliament session.

"Centre and Haryana will soon begin the process of giving reservation to Jats," state's CM told mediapersons at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi. It took nearly four hours for both parties to make an official announcement.

The government has in principle agreed to 5 demands of the protestors:

1. To appoint national backward commission chairman who will conduct a survey on Jat reservation viable in court.

2. An amendment in 9th schedule of Constitution after court process finishes.

3. Cases slapped against jat leaders to be re-examined by a committee

4. Jobs to kins of those killed in previous Jat agitation and other victims handicapped on account of violence. Compensation to be given to injured.

5. Action against officers alleged to have played a partisan role.

AIJASS Chaiperson Yashpal Malik said that their protest will be peaceful and they will decide their next course of action after a 15-day period. An agitated Malik said, "The politicians have made a fool of us for our votes. We got reservation at least four times but because of unjustified action, and partisan court rules, we could never get it."

Cornered by media on Jat arm twisting Centre to concede demands, Haryana CM said, "There is no arm twisting by Jats. There has been a consensus between us to give them reservation. In addition, we will also give reservation to 5 more castes. We will give reservation at the Centre and we will re-examining cases pending since 2010." "We will do justice," he said to a question posed by India Today.

The Jat agitation, which began on January 29, completed 50 days on Sunday. The stir for quota in jobs and education - a matter that has remained unresolved over the last decade - drew thousands of protesters to Delhi earlier this month.


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