Agitation spills over to Delhi
The ongoing Jat agitation in Haryana may spill over into Gurgaon with the local Jat community threatening to block all roads leading to Delhi if their demand for reservation under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category is not met by March 28. Eshani Mathur reports.delhi Updated: Mar 21, 2011 23:36 IST
The ongoing Jat agitation in Haryana may spill over into Gurgaon with the local Jat community threatening to block all roads leading to Delhi if their demand for reservation under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category is not met by March 28.
Nearly 100 representatives of the Jat community staged a peaceful demonstration outside the deputy commissioner's office in Gurgaon on Monday and handed over a memorandum of their demands to the state government.
The Jats have been protesting for the last few weeks to seek 27% reservation in central government jobs.
"All Jats in the country are united in their fight for rights," Raj Singh, a leader of Jat Reservation Agitation Committee (Gurgaon district), said.Ram Kataria, president of the committee, said, "We are taking up the matter with the Centre as well as the state government. We are here just to request the DC to push forward our case at the state level. This is for the sake of the development and growth of our community."
He further said, "We will cut off the Capital from the rest of North India in the next phase of our stir if our demands are not fulfilled by March 28. We will block all roads and rail routes in Gurgaon after that."
Deputy commissioner PC Meena has assured the Jats that he will forward their demands to the state. "I do not have any personal grudge against them. I will forward the case the rest is up to the state government," Meena said.
The stir has been gaining steam across the country as protestors had recently blocked 12 rail routes in Haryana for more than two weeks affecting train services on several routes including Jind-Hisar, Hisar-Jakhhal, Jaipur-Hisar and Delhi-Rohtak.
Meanwhile, at a meeting held in Amroha district in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, the leaders of All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) decided to continue their 15-day stir.