The ongoing Jat agitation to claim reservation under OBC status reached a decisive phase in the national Capital on Thursday as community leaders threatened to block all entry points into Delhi and cut essential supplies from March 20 if their demands are not met.
The protesting leaders at Jantar Mantar have already submitted a memorandum of seven demands to the Haryana government after showing the same to the Centre.
While addressing a big gathering of people from the community, supporting the cause, Yashpal Malik, the president of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti said "BJP-led central government and the Haryana government have cheated the community on the pretext of false promises." In a veiled threat, he reminded that the Jats had blocked water supply in the past in Haryana, and said this time they have decided to choke Delhi from all corners.
"We have decided to start a nation-wide agitation from March 20 to bring people from Jat community, under OBC category, in both state and centre level together. Men from UP, Haryana, Rajasthan and other five states have been asked to reach Delhi on their own vehicles and if police of respective states stop them, they will take halt and start blocking roads then and there," Malik said. He added that Jats, who will go for non-violence, will reach Delhi in large numbers soon.
JATS' ROUTE TO DELHI
The Jats have significant presence in western UP. They will start travelling with adequate rationing on NH 58 (connecting Delhi and Haridwar) and NH24 (connecting Delhi and Lucknow).
Similarly, people from Palwal to Agra and beyond will travel through Yamuna expressway and NH2 to reach Delhi. The people of Haryana will take NH 1 (GT Road) from Sonepat side and NH 8 for the people lives in southern Haryana and Rajasthan. They were supported by followers of Baba Ram Pal. "As a part of the strategy, women have been asked to stay in their native places and take part in peaceful agitation that's going on since the last 33 days," Malik said. "The Haryana government had agreed to bring five communities, including the Jats, under OBC category, after a meeting on March 18. However, the decision was ruled out in Punjab and Haryana High Courts due to Haryana government's deliberate prosecution," Malik said.