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Jats to hold mahapanchayat at Jantar Mantar on reservation

punjab Updated: Mar 22, 2015 22:21 IST
Neeraj Mohan

Boiled over the Supreme Court's verdict scrapping the previous government's decision to provide reservation for the Jat community, leaders of the community on Sunday decided to hold a mahapanchayat on May 11 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to decide the further course of action.

The decision to hold the meeting was taken unanimously by the leaders of Jat Aarakshan Sangrash committee, khap panchyats and several Jat organisations from Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Binain Khap's president Nafe Singh Nain in the district.

During the meeting all committees formed during the protests in the past have been abolished and it was announced that the new committees will be formed the May 11 meeting.

Addressing the gathering national president of Sayunkt Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti HP Singh Parihar appealed the Jats to get united for another fight for reservation. "We got reservation after a long struggle, but a court decision took our right back in no time, now we need get united again for the future of our coming generations," said Parihar, adding that besides, filing a review petition in the apex court, they will also take their fight to Parliament.

"Along with all Jat MP's of the country, you should also pressurise the MPs of other castes, who have been elected from Jat dominated areas so that they raise their voice in Parliment," Parihar said.

While, several Jat leaders slammed Modi government at the Centre for not backing the case strongly in SC, some of them praised the efforts of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for bringing Jats under the other backward classes category.

During the meeting vice-president of Akhil Bhartiya Jat Mahasabha, Yudhveer Singh said, "Though, the SC has set aside the decision of reservation, the government can bring another law against the court ruling, now our fight is against the government."

However, the decision to form state-level committees could not be taken as several senior leaders were not present in the meeting.

The apex court's order of setting aside the reservation for Jats, was based on several petitions, including one by OBC Reservation Raksha Samiti, which had challenged the previous UPA government's decision to include Jats in the Central OBC list.

The inclusion of Jats under OBC category was announced on 4 March, 2014 just a day prior to the announcement of the Lok Sabha polls.

According to India's reservation policy OBC's are entitled to 27% reservation in public sector employment and higher education.