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Timeline: Jat quota protests in 2017

india Updated: Mar 19, 2017 23:59 IST
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Jat quota stir

Haryana police battalion deployed at Delhi-Gurgaon Sarhaul border as Jat community threatened to intensify their protest in Delhi on Monday. The protest was later called off (HT Photo )

The All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has called off a protest that threatened to cripple national capital Delhi on Monday after reaching a truce with the Haryana government. Dharnas will, however, continue in Haryana till March 26, when the AIJASS will review its decision.

The Jats are demanding quota in government jobs and education.

Here is the timeline of the Jat stir this year :

January 29: All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) begins dharnas in 19 Haryana districts.

February 7: Haryana government constitutes five-member panel headed by chief secretary DS Dhesi to hold talks with Jat leaders.

February 11: Jats hold dialogue with government panel in Panipat. No breakthrough but Jats agree for another round of talks.

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February 19: Jats observe Balidan Divas, call for Parliament gherao, non-cooperation movement (non-payment of power, water bills, loans).

February 20: Jats hold second round of talks with government panel in Panipat. The talks remain inconclusive, but government agrees to form panel to see legality of case withdrawal.

February 24: No breakthrough by legal panel, Jats once again refuse to hold talks with government panel, calling it powerless. Demand new panel.

February 26: Jats observe ‘Black Day’, ask community to stop buying goods from shops that are not supporting their agitation in written. Momentum for Parliament gherao builds up.

March 2: Jats take protest to Jantar Mantar in Delhi, say will choke Delhi and gherao Parliament on March 20.

March 16: Haryana government forms new panel under education minister Ram Bilas Sharma. Talks positive, Sharma says agitation to end. Jats say will meet CM Khattar on March 17 and take a final call.

March 17: CM Khattar does not show up for meeting. Angry Jats say protest to go on.

March 19: 50-day-long peaceful protests turn violent in Faridabad. Security forces injured in clash.

March 19: CM calls Jats for meeting in Delhi. Agreement reached on six demands. Delhi protest plan called off. Jats to decide on lifting dharnas on March 26.