The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state-level executive committee meeting on Sunday did not bring any resolution on the proposed Jat reservation bill and skipped discussion over the issue.
The state government is expected to bring the bill in the current assembly session and the issue has divided the BJP MLAs. The saffron party
blamed the Congress for the large-scale violence in the state during the Jat agitation for reservation.
Meanwhile, state BJP in-charge Anil Jain said the Monday’s cabinet meeting would discuss the reservation bill. The BJP meeting was organised at Morni in Panchkula at Redwood Resorts. Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and state president Subhash Barala were also present, besides Member of Parliament (MP) Ratan Lal Kataria. However, the meeting passed a resolution condemning the Congress and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for stoking violence in Sonepat, Jhajjar and Rohtak during the Jat agitation.
A total of 30 people were killed in the violence and 320 injured. The resolution passed during the meeting praised the government for controlling the violence within four days, which it claimed was “unprecedented in history”. It mentioned various governments’ failures in the past, whether it was during the Mandal violence or anti-Sikh riots. However, it did not mention the failure of the state machinery in Gujarat during the post-Godhra riots of 2002.
The meeting also passed another resolution on Satluj-Yamuna-Link (SYL) canal, which requested the central government to form a policy on resolving river water disputes among states so that no state government could dare to destroy federal structure.
Khattar said that they were investigating the violence witnessed during the Jat agitation and truth would come out soon. “Wherever strictness is required, we will be strict. And wherever leniency is required, we will be lenient,” he said.
Education minister Ram Bilas Sharma likened the BJP leaders to Pandavas and described the violence erupted during the Jat agitation as a ploy of “Shakuni” Congress. He also said that leaders like Hawa Singh Sangwan and Yashpal Malik could not dictate the BJP government.
Sangwan heads Akhil Bhartiya Jat Sangharsh Samiti while Malik is leading All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti. Both the organisations are at the forefront of agiation for Jat reservation. Sharma said, “It was not a movement for reservation but for the ‘Kursi’ (chair). Even the CM was abused. He was called Pakistani. He was born there. He had migrated to India after partition.”
Finance minister Capt Abhimanyu said that violence in Haryana, the row over the suicide of a student at University of Hyderabad and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) controversy were planned to destabilise the central government.
Cabinet to consider draft bill on Jat quota today
The draft bill seeking to provide reservation to Jats and four other castes will be placed before the Haryana council of ministers for its consideration on March 28. The cabinet meeting, which was earlier scheduled for Sunday, has been rescheduled for Monday. It would now be held at 9 am at the state civil secretariat here. If approved by the council of ministers, the bill will be tabled in the state assembly when the House meets on Monday.