Quota move: Jat body extends support to Cong

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2014 20:44 IST

The Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti on Monday decided to extend support to the Congress in the October-15 assembly elections.

Talking to mediapersons at Jat Dharamshala, committee president Col OP Sindhu (retd) said the community was indebted to the Congress leadership after it fulfilled the long-pending demand of giving reservation to Jats in government jobs.

He said the issue was discussed at length on Monday and it was unanimously decided by the members to support the Congress to ensure that Bhupinder Singh Hooda retains power for third consecutive term.

Sindhu said for the last six years, the samiti was spearheading the agitation to seek reservation in government jobs and the Hooda-led Congress government in Haryana had taken a lead in accepting the demand.

"The Jat community had raised a slogan of 'aarkshan do, vote lo' in the 2009 Haryana assembly elections and during the recent parliamentary polls as well. Hooda is a kind-hearted man who had not only accepted the demand of Jats but also included five other castes namely Jats, Jat Sikhs, Rors, Tyagis and Bishnois in the social benefit plan. I appeal to all these communities to support and vote for the Congress," said Sidhu.

Lauding the policies of the Hooda government, Sindhu said extending 10% reservation to economically-backward persons belonging to general category was also welcomed by the samiti.

He said the samiti members would join the poll campaign and canvass for the Congress candidates in various constituencies.

The Jat leader also demanded that the official residence of former prime minister late Charan Singh at 12, Tughlak Road, in New Delhi be converted into a national memorial.

"It is wrong to project Singh as a Jat leader; he was a leader of farmers. We will initiate nationwide protests if our demand is not met soon," he added.

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