Jat leaders slam INLD backtracking on Jat reservation issue

  • HT Correspondent, PTI, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2015 15:47 IST

Jat leaders in Haryana on Saturday criticised leaders of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) for welcoming the dismissal of the Centre's plea by the Supreme Court on Jat reservation.

"It is shameful that INLD which boasts of a party that works for the benefit of Jats have welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on the community," President of All India Jat Aarakshan Samiti, Hawa Singh Sangwan said.

The court had recently dismissed a plea of the Centre seeking a review of March 17 verdict of the apex court that set aside a notification to include Jats in the central list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) category in nine states to accord quota benefits to them.

Sangwan alleged that INLD leader Dijvijay had recently claimed that Jat leaders, working for the rights of the community, were saleable and don't have a stand.

He also strongly condemned jailed INLD supremo Om Parkash Chautala, himself a Jat, for "browbeating" the community.

"The leaders of political outfits in Haryana, especially INLD, must come forward on this (reservation for Jats) issue," he said.

At a time when Jats were looking forward for support from political leaders, they were backtracking from their earlier stands, he alleged.

Asking the leaders from Congress, INLD and BJP to stand united with Jats on the issue, Sangwan said that the Jats will not give up, but intensify their struggle in future.

He said that Jats would launch protests in the country from the next month after due deliberations with the community members.

A bench, headed by justice Ranjana Gogoi, in an in-chamber proceedings on July 21 had rejected the pleas filed by Jats' bodies, saying they lacked merit.

The Centre had moved the apex court on April 2 seeking a review of its verdict after Prime Minister Narender Modi had met Jat community leaders and assured them of finding a solution within the legal framework.

In its review plea, it had said that the Centre's power to make available quota for a community was not dependent on the advice of National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).

While dismissing a petition by a group of Jat students seeking benefits of reservation under OBC category in post-graduate medical and dental courses two days ago, the Supreme Court, however, had said NCBC's recommendations would be ordinarily binding on the government.

The decision to include Jats in Central OBC list was taken after various state panels furnished reports favouring the inclusion, it had said.

Earlier, bench of justices Ranjana Gogoi and RF Nariman, setting aside the March 4, 2014 notification that had enabled Jats to claim reservation in nine states, had said "possible wrong inclusions" cannot be the basis of further inclusion and reservation should be given only to the "most distressed".

Jats, which constitutes 28 per cent of he total population of Haryana, are dormant community in the state.

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