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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Karnal, December 27, 2013
Members of the 'Shoshit Samaj', a social organisation, on Friday staged a demonstration at the mini-secretariat here against the Center's decision to include Jats in the Other Backward Classes (OBC) list.
Activists of the organisation took out a procession from Committee Chowk up to the mini-secretariat. They raised slogans against the Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Earlier, the protesters burnt effigies of the Congress leaders at Ghantaghar Chowk.

President of the organisation Rajender Tanwar said that the Centre had constituted two commissions for the survey of backward classes since Independence -  the Kaka Kalerkar Commission in 1953 and the Mandal Commission in 1978.

Alleging that the Congress leadership was playing petty politics, Tanwar said that if the Centre's decision was not withdrawn then the organisation would urge the OBC to boycott the Congress and Jat leaders in the next elections.

"The commissions did not consider Jat community as a backward class for obvious reasons. But the backward classes commission formed under the chairmanship of KC Gupta in Haryana declared Jat and other four castes as backward on the basis of 'false survey'," alleged Tanwar.

"Certain politicians from the Jat community had intentionally got a false data prepared and the same distorted details were presented before Sonia Gandhi to include the affluent community in the OBC bracket. It is unfair and we will continue protest against the Congress party," said the leader.

They also handed over a memorandum of their demands to the additional deputy commissioner, which was addressed to the President.