In a bid appease non-Jat communities which were angry over quota for Jats, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda attempted to justify his stand on the issue by saying that Congress had not reduced the prospects of other communities by extending reservation to Jats.
Hooda said this at a programme organised by khap panchayats at Dinoda village in Jind district on Saturday, where he was felicitated for taking the community's voice to the central leadership.
He said that by fighting for the cause of reservation to Jats, he had not reduced the quota of any community in OBC category as other non-Jat communities had also got benefitted under 10% quota given to four other categories. Haryana government had extended reservation to five communities namely Jats, Jat Sikhs, Bishnois, Rors and Tyagis. Playing a masterstroke, he said that like the way he fought for the Jats, he would try to secure reservation for the remaining four communities at the central level. He however, did not throw light on the legal scrutiny of reservation to Jats in court, as it was given after overriding the recommendations of NCBC.
Besides, Hooda, PWD BR minister Randeep Surjewala was also hailed by khap panchayats for supporting their cause. On this occasion, khap leaders Nafe Singh Nain, Sube Singh Samain, Tek Ram Kandela were present at Dinoda village.