All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has warned that it has only reached to a temporary truce with the government on conditions that its demands will be fulfilled within a stipulated time failing which they could lay siege of the Parliament.
“Our Delhi protest made the entire country nervous. The Delhi Police didn’t have this much instructions on Independence Day like they had for our protest. In future, we know we don’t have to sit in at our dharnas for 50 days. We can plan Delhi protest and Parliament gherao within 50 hours if we are not given justice by the government after our talks,” (AIJASS) national president Yashpal Malik boasted while addressing Jat dharnas for the first time in Jhajjar and Dadri districts on Monday after calling off their Delhi protest plan.
Jat protesters had threatened to choke Delhi with over 50,000 tractor-trailers on Monday (March 20). However, they reached a compromise a day earlier after meeting with chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Union ministers Birender Singh and PP Chaudhary in Delhi. The protest was deferred.
But the community has yet not lifted their ongoing dharnas (sit-ins) in Haryana, and will decide on them after a meeting on March 26. “The additional dharnas that we had started from March 1 after we had intensified our stir will end by today or tomorrow. But the old dharnas in all districts of the state will continue. On March 26, we will hold a meeting and decide our future strategy to lift some of these old dharnas. But all dharnas will only be lifted once documentation for our demands is done,” Malik said.
The protesters, too, continued to throng the dharnas in large number in Rohtak and adjoining districts.
Jats are demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions and rollback of criminal cases registered against several Jat youths, the release of those lodged in jail, compensation and government jobs to next of kin of those killed during the last year’s agitation.
The current agitation was launched on January 29.
Truce Not Convincing
Many protesters in Rohtak said they were not convinced with the truce, but said they were ready to go with what Malik decides.
“Our main demand was to see our youths out of jails and withdrawal of cases. That doesn’t seem to be happening as of now. But we trust Yashpal Malik if he has decided on something. He knows that we will be ready to start the movement again anytime if we are betrayed again,” said Dharampal, a resident of Sunaria village.