With the Congress-led UPA government seeking recommendations of the National Commission for Backward Classes on extending OBC status to Jats, the khaps and Jat bodies here have hailed chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for pushing the quota movement at the Centre's level.
Members of Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti held a meeting on Friday to hail the decision of extending reservation to Jats and thanked Hooda-led government for supporting their movement. In another meeting at Jat Bhawan here by Sarv Khap Panchayat, Hardeep Ahalawat, president of khap-84, said the decision to include the community among Other Backward Classes is the result of multiple agitations led by the community during which they had to face hardships.
Ram Karan Hooda, president of Hooda khap, said it was chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who united Jat leaders to put pressure on the Centre for seeking reservation. Nafe Singh Nain, another khap leader, also credited the state government for pushing the quota movement at the Centre's level. OP Dhankhar, pradhan of Dhankhar Sabha, said though the government had hinted at extending reservation to Jats under the OBC category, the community should only celebrate when the quota gets implemented in government records.
Notably, khaps had warned that the community may boycott the Congress government in the 2014 parliamentary polls, if Jats were not granted reservation at the central level.