Jat leaders while passing a resolution for their future strategy in the ongoing quota agitation asked protesters to stop paying electricity, water bills and repayment of loans to government agencies if their demands were not met by March 1. All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), which is leading the agitation of the Jat community this time, toughened its stand against government as their agitation entered fourth week on Sunday.
AIJASS chief Yashpal Malik outlined the strategy of the community to press for their demands, which include reservation in government jobs and withdrawal of police cases registered during last year’s quota stir. “From March 1, we will start non-cooperation movement, wherein we will stop paying electricity, water bills and repayment of loans,” Malik said, amid loud cheers from the crowds gathered to observe ‘Balidaan Divas’ in memory of those killed last year in February.
The Jat leader also asked the dairy owners in Haryana to stop supply of milk to Delhi on March 1 as a symbolic protest for a day. On March 2, he gave a call for a “big protest” to clog national capital followed by gherao of Parliament after Holi. Though the day passed off peacefully, there is a little respite for the government as the community announced to observe next Sunday, February 26, as ‘Black Day’ and vowed to collect in even larger numbers.