Low turnout flops Jat agitation
The much-awaited relaunch of Jat agitation turned out to be a flop show with nearly 100 people turning up at Chottu Ram Park of Narwana, Jind, on Sunday morning.chandigarh Updated: Dec 16, 2012 20:51 IST
The much-awaited relaunch of Jat agitation turned out to be a flop show with nearly 100 people turning up at Chottu Ram Park of Narwana, Jind, on Sunday morning.
Scheduled to start early morning, the protesters started marching to Delhi in the afternoon due to thin presence of Jats.
Interestingly, Sube Singh Samain, spokesperson for the Sarv Jat Khap Mahapanchayat, who had been grabbing the headlines for playing pivotal role in taking forward the agitation, was found missing from the venue.
Sensing the poor show, Nafe Singh Nain, president of the Sarv Jat Khap Mahapanchayat, called on the gathering and urged them not to lose heart as they belonged to a brave community that never retreated after vowing to fight for a cause.
When asked about prospects of the agitation's success, Samain told Hindustan Times over phone: "The cause is for the community and the agitation's success will depend on them. If majority of Jats support us then only we will be able to lay siege to Delhi."
Notably, leaders of the Sarv Jat Khap Mahapanchayat from old Rohtak region (comprising Rohtak, Sonepat and Jhajjar) had welcomed the Haryana Backward Classes Commission's recommendation of granting 10% special reservation to five castes, including Jats, while khap leaders from Jind, Bhiwani and Hisar struck a discordant note and vowed to relaunch their agitation.
Flagging off the march towards Delhi, Nain said delegations from Uklana, Karnal, Bhiwani (Dhanana village), and Hisar (Kranti chowk) had also started their march, led by leaders of khap panchayats, to the national capital.
Nain said: "We are apprehensive of the 10% reservation under the Special Backward Class category. If chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda clears our doubts after considering the 50% reservation cap fixed by the Supreme Court, we will stop protesting against the state government, but continue our agitation against the central government for reservation in government jobs."
He said: "Delegations from various corners of the state will reach the Haryana-New Delhi border by December 22 and will cease the supply of essential commodities from national highway 10 (Delhi-Rohtak), national highway 1 (Delhi-Ambala), national highway 8 (Delhi-Gurgaon)."
Om Parkash Maan, state president of the All-India Jat Mahasabha said: "The government will sense the heat of the agitation on December 23 when community members, led by khap mahapanchyats, will cease the supply of milk and vegetables to the national capital."
"If anyone turns violent, we will take back our agitation," Maan added.