Already facing flak for his anti-Jat remarks, BJP’s Kurukshetra MP Raj Kumar Saini on Monday again criticised Jats for making an “illogical demand” for reservation and said the members of the community might misuse their strength in the army and police.
“They (Jats) dominate the Indian Army and the state police. Still they are demanding reservation. The demand is, therefore, not logical”, said Saini while talking to Hindustan Times.
He also raised a question over the working of the army and police and said, “As they (Jats) have good strength in the army and police, they did not take the required action when the state was burning, despite shoot-at-sight orders given by the government.”
He added, “They (Jats) consider themselves above the Constitution, law and the government. They may misuse their strength in the army and the police.”
On the threat of Jat leaders to launch fresh protests, the MP said, “The threat of agitation is just to create pressure on the government for their wrong demand and the party should take timely action against them.”
He said, “At a time when the Prime Minister and RSS are saying that the prosperous people should shun benefits for the welfare of poor, Jats are adamant with their improper demand,” he added.
Asked why he did not raise the Jat reservation issue in the Parliament, he said, “I was not given time to speak”.
He refused to answer whether he would oppose the Haryana government’s decision to bring a law to provide reservation to Jats and other four castes under sthe pecial backward classes (OBC) category.
Meanwhile, the agitation call given by the members of the Jat community got a poor response in the northern districts very few people joined the day-long protest.