The speech given by chief minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday in Meham evoked anger among the Jat community members sitting on dharna at Jasia village in Rohtak.
Taking a tough stand on the ongoing agitation, Khattar had said that the government had enough forces to deal with those on the verge of breaking law and order in the state.
Angered over his speech, Sheshpal Singh, sarpanch of Kanhi village, said, “When Britishers couldn’t handle Jats, what is the capacity of Khattar to give such statements.”
The fizzling out agitation of the Jat community suddenly picked up pace after Khattar’s rally on Friday, with people of the community boycotting Khattar’s rally in Meham and thronging the protest site in Jasia.
The organisers have started pitching more tents at the site to accommodate the increasing number of protesters.
Even as Khattar said the government was trying its best to ensure quota for Jats and five other communities, the protesters cracked down on the CM.
Another sarpanch, Raj Singh of Assan village, said, “The CM should use his mentioned strength of forces on terrorists and not on crushing the Jat community. We would like to tell him that we are not afraid of his threats.”
As many as 17 community members sat on hunger strike in Rohtak on Saturday. Rohtak DC Atul Kumar said things were under control.
On the efforts by the administration to hold talks with the protesters, Kumar said, “They refused to talk to me yesterday. I’m not going to invite them for talks again and again.”