Jat Leader Calls for Blocking Highways to Delhi on 20 March

  • The Jat agitation for quota in jobs and education reached Delhi on Thursday
  • Thousands of protesters descended at Jantar Mantar for a rally
  • They have announced their non-cooperation after Holi, on 13 March
  • They’ve been asked to stop paying electricity and water dues and stop supply of milk and other essentials to New Delhi
  • Jat leader Yashpal Mallik has reportedly announced that highways leading to Delhi will be blocked on 20 March
  • Violence during the Jat agitation in February 2016 left 30 people dead and over 200 injured

According to Times of India, Jat leader Yashpal Mallik has announced that the protesters will block all highways leading to Delhi on 20 March.

Unhappy with the authorities over their demands and grievances being unaddressed, Jat protesters on Wednesday announced non-cooperation after the Holi festival (13 March) and that they will take their stir to Delhi from Thursday.

All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti leader Yashpal Malik said the Jats – who resumed their agitation on 29 January – will take their protest to New Delhi on 2 March.

Under their non-cooperation plan, members of the Jat community have been asked to stop paying electricity and water dues and stop supply of milk and other essentials like vegetables to the national capital.

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Meanwhile, the Haryana Assembly on Wednesday discussed the ongoing Jat agitation.

Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala, who moved an adjournment motion during the Budget session, said the Congress and the BJP were trying to play politics on reservation in government jobs and educational institutions to the Jats of Haryana.

Chautala said the state’s BJP government had failed to implement the community’s demands even after agreeing to them last year.

Apart from reservation, the Jats are demanding jobs to the next of kin of those killed in violence in the agitation last year, compensation to those injured, withdrawal of cases against them and action against officers who ordered action against the Jats.

Violence during the Jat agitation in February 2016 left 30 people dead and over 200 injured. Government and private property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was damaged.

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