Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has invited Jat leaders, spearheading the demand for reservation in government jobs, for talks in Chandigarh on Saturday, a Jat leader said on Friday.
"Four protesters on an indefinite hunger strike have refused to drink even water and have not even accepted medicine from the government doctors since Thursday and their condition is fast deteriorating. It is due to this reason that the chief minister has invited 'khap' leaders to Chandigarh tomorrow for talks," Mahendar Poonia, general secretary of Haryana unit of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti told newsmen here.
Meanwhile, 23 representatives of different Jat 'khaps' met at Mayar village on Friday after they received a call from the state government for parleys and discussed the issues to be taken up with the chief minister in Saturday's meeting in the state capital.
Chand Singh of Mehnda village, Chanda Ram of Kanoh, Prem Singh of Krori and Kitab Singh of Habatpur are observing an indefinite fast near the railway track of Ramayan station for the last 10 days. The dharna entered 13th day on Friday.
On the other hand, Hawa Singh Sangwan, president of another faction of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti said that their meeting had been called on Sunday in Bhiwani to finalise the strategy for agitation in case the community was denied the benefit of reservation.
He claimed that some Jat leaders were politicising the matter unnecessarily and wanted to take all the credit. He pointed out that the Haryana Backward Classes Commission would soon give its report on reservation.