Even as khaps in Haryana have been non-committal on taking part in the June 5 stir called by the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) national president Yashpal Malik, several panchayats held in various parts of the state on Sunday and Monday pledged their support for the quota agitation for which they have been fighting for a long time now.
As per Malik’s plan, villagers have started forming committees that are taking decisions about various activities to be carried out during the protests.
A village panchayat at Basantpur village in Rohtak on Sunday decided to hold dharna at Dasaiya village on Rohtak-Gohana road on NH-71A. Similar meetings were held in villages of Jhajjar and Bhiwani on Monday where committees were formed to chalk out a plan for ‘Jat Nyay rallies’ on June 5 in Haryana. The community will stage dharnas in the villages to demand reservation, which was stayed by the Punjab and Haryana high court recently. They are alslo demanding the release of Jat youths booked in connection with the violent quota stir in February.
In a meeting with Jat leaders on Monday in Sonepat, AIJASS state vice-president Mool Chand Dahiya said the protests in Haryana would begin on June 5 from Mayyar village in Hisar. “On June 6, the community members will hold a dharna on the Delhi-Haryana border, and if needed, Jats from Haryana will go to Delhi to show our strength. The dharnas will begin in Uttar Pradesh from June 8 to June 25 and the protests will then spread across the country,” he said.
WILL FIGHT BATTLE LEGALLY: SANGWAN
However, other Jat leaders have started dismissing the protest call from June 5.
Jat leader Hawa Singh Sangwan said, “We are not a part of these protests and I don’t think there is cause for worry for anyone. Some people are upset with the government for falsely booking innocent youths, so they are protesting.”
Sangwan said the battle should be fought legally in the court and not on the roads now. “I’m in Chandigarh for some days to take the legal route to fight this battle now,” he said.
Khap leaders, too, have been dismissive about Malik as they maintain he had been disrupting peace in Haryana.