Jat body seeks legal backing over quota

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2014 17:35 IST

Readying to take up the fight of the Jat community on reservation extended by the previous Congress government at the Centre and in Haryana as well, the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) on Sunday urged the state government to give them legal backing.

Before the Lok Sabha polls, the community had been extended reservation in Other Backward Classes (OBC) by the Centre, which was backed by the new BJP-led Union government in the Supreme Court in August.

Hawa Singh Sangwan, state president of AIJASS, during a meeting at Chhotu Ram dharamshala here said the Haryana government should support reservation to them by submitting an affidavit about its necessity to the community.

“The central government has already cleared its intention by supporting the OBC quota to Jats in the apex court and now it’s the turn of the state government to do same in the Punjab and Haryana high court as a hearing is scheduled to take place in January,” he said.

Sangwan said reservation is a right of the community and they would not leave it at any cost but they have full faith in court that they would not be dismayed.

Notably, the decision to extend special backward class quota to five communities, including Jats, and OBC status in nine states was challenged in court.

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