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CM supports Jats' OBC demand

Chief Minister Mayawati today extended support to the demand of Jat community for their inclusion in the list of OBC at the national level.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2010 20:33 IST
Masoodul Hasan

Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday extended support to the demand of Jat community for their inclusion in the list of OBC at the national level.

The All India Jat Reservation Struggle Committee, which organized a rally in Moradnagar in Meerut on Sunday, had stopped water supply to Delhi's Sonia Vihar from Ganga canal.

The Chief Minister said that she favoured inclusion of the community in OBC because their socio-economic condition was not good. However she appealed to the community to peacefully hold their demonstration.

Mayawati said the community leaders should go to Delhi to present their case, as UP had no role in it. Mayawati said they should not adopt any unconstitutional way to press for the acceptance of their demands.

Report from Meerut said that Rashtriya Lok Dal and other Jat stalwarts have distanced themselves from closure of water supply to Delhi from Muradnagar Plant of Ghaziabad on Sunday.

Hundreds of supporters of the committee along with their president Yashpal Malik barged into the water supply plant at Muradnagar on Sunday and stopped water supply to Delhi. Samiti is demanding reservation to Jats in centre.

Delhi's Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi water plants get water from Upper Ganga Canal through Muradnagar plant of district Ghaziabad.

It is believed that agitating protestors had covert support of the state government, which has been demanding to settle the issue of pending water bill with Delhi before July 3. The state government has warned Delhi to stop water if the latter fails to afoot the pending water bills. It is believed that, in spite of prior announcement of Samiti to stop the water
to Delhi, local officials purposely did not initiate required action against the protestors only to let the pressure mount on the Delhi government.

"They (protestors) had full support of the district administration", blamed Yashbeer Singh, president of RLD's district unit. BSP supported the move of Samiti only to scuttle Ajit Singh's efforts to seek reservation for Jats in the centre, added Singh distancing his party from any move which is troublesome for people.

" We do not support any acts like closure of water", he insisted.

While supporting reservation for Jats in the centre Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesman Rakesh Tikait, said "such violent actions maligns the image of entire community ".

"Instead of creating troubles for people we should adopt the method of conversation to get our demands fulfilled", he quipped.

BKU chief Mahendra Singh Tikait and national general secretary of All India Jat Mahasabha Yudhveer Singh also have condemned stoppage of water supply to Delhi."