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Jats set Dec 15 deadline, will protest if dissatisfied

chandigarh Updated: Oct 19, 2012 23:48 IST
Sat Singh
Sat Singh
Hindustan Times
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The sarv jat khap mahapanchayat on Friday decided to launch a massive stir if the Haryana government failed to reserve seats for Jats in government jobs.

The agitation would be launched from the old Rohtak region that comprises Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonepat districts.

The decision was taken at the meeting of sarv jat khap mahapanchayat samiti held at jat dharamshala in Jind district.

Samiti convener Kuldeep Dhanda said: "We have issued an ultimatum to the government. They should ensure reservation for Jats in the state and central government jobs by December 15 or be prepared to face the agitation."

Dhanda said: "We have also decided to expand the core committee membership from 26 to 38."

The meeting was presided over by samiti president Nafe Singh Nain and was attended by Jat leaders of other faction - Hawa Singh Sangwan, Dharmpal Chott and Col OP Sandhu.

However, khap leaders avoided talking on the issue of lowering the marriage age for girls, proposed by them recently to combat rising crime against women in the state.

Another khap leader said: "Reservation of seats for Jats in government jobs is more important for us than any other issue at present. Lowering the marriage age for girls is not primarily the samiti's demand."

He said: "Some khap leaders might have aired their personal opinion about lowering girl's age for
marriage in the media which brought the muck to the entire khap panchayat."

The sarv jat mahapanchayat had taken a U-turn after their suggestion drew flak from all quarters, including media.