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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

Khap calls off Jat agitation

Sat Singh, Hindustan Times  Rohtak, December 17, 2012
First Published: 19:03 IST(17/12/2012) | Last Updated: 00:18 IST(18/12/2012)

Sarv Jat Khap Mahapanchayat(SJKM) announced to call off the quota stir after meeting with chief minister at Chandigarh on Monday.

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Khap leader said that they were satisfied with the outcome of talks and had decided to call off the stir which began on Sunday from Narwana town of Jind district.

Nafe Singh Nain, president of SJKM said "After meeting with chief minister, our core committee has decided to draw back agitation as chief minister has assured us of issuing notification of 10% quota under special class category shortly".

He parried the questions, when HT inquired regarding his Sunday announcement of continuing the agitation before youths of Jat community for pressing the demands in government jobs at Center level in Narwana, even after successful talks with chief minister.

Interestingly, khap leaders of SJKM including its spokesperson Sube Singh Samain avoided speaking up on the issue and termed the outcome of meeting with chief minister a decision of selected khap leaders heading the meeting committee.

A senior functionary of SJKM, who has been hogging the limelight regarding the Jat agitation for last some time told HT, "No body from khaps could present the case convincingly before chief minister during meeting and upon being asked about the legal scrutiny stand of cabinet minister decision, he(Hooda) said that he would see what can he do".

He said that two of the prominent khap leaders of walked out of meeting when SJKM president Nafe Singh Nain assured chief minister of calling off the agitation from immediate effect.

Sube Singh Samain, spokesperson of SJKM said "Nafe Singh has taken all responsibility of taking back the agitation and convince the youths who have marched their agitation on Sunday towards New Delhi".

However, OP Maan, president of All India Jat Mahasabha termed the calling off agitation stir a wise decision and said "The chief minister himself is more concerned on the issue and we have full faith in him that he would get us quota at state and center level".

It is worth mentioning that the fate of Jat agitation was forecast on Sunday morning, when only 100 protesters reported during the relaunching of Jat agitation. The khap panchayats had parted their ways after state government accepted the recommendations of Haryana Backward Classes Commission to include five communities including Jats under 10% special backward class. Khaps of old Rohtak, Sonepat and Jhajjar welcomed the state government decision, while khaps from Jind, Hisar and Bhiwani had stuck a discordant note on the issue.


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