Demanding quota, Jat body calls for nationwide bandh on July 27

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Hisar
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2015 22:05 IST

All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) has called for a nationwide bandh and protest on July 27 to press the central government to restore Jat reservation in jobs, which had been cancelled by the Supreme Court.

The protesters are also demanding that those who had been selected under the reservation quota before March 17, 2015 be allowed to join.

Speaking on the sidelines of an AIJASS meeting at the Jat Dharamshala in the city, the party's national president Yashpal Malik said t people from all the parts of country would register their protest at their district headquarters or at their tehsils or at highways or railways on July 27.

"Forms of protest may include traffic jams, and Rail Roko Abhiyaans," he said, adding that the protest would be followed by a protest outside the house of finance minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on August 4.

He added that to create awareness on the programmes, the samiti has started a toll-free number and also ramped up its presence on Facebook.

"We also have a WhatsApp group and want more youngsters to join us in our cause," Malik added.

Acknowledging the government's powers, Malik said if the government was sincere in fulfilling its promise, the controversy over the reservation issue could end in a day.

"There have are many instances where governments have reverted back to a court decision through various means. However, it is only possible when government really wants it to happen," Malik said.

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