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Quota stir: Jats to begin 4-phase agitation on Nov 28

punjab Updated: Nov 20, 2016 19:51 IST
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All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti president Yashpal Malik addressing a mahasabha in Rohtak on Saturday . (Manoj Dhaka/HT)

The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) on Saturday announced a fresh calendar for their agitation to press for quota and release of those arrested during the violent February stir.

The fresh agitation would be third after the February stir, during which unprecedented large-scale violence rocked eight districts of the state, killing at least 30 and destructing properties worth crores. The second was organised in June, which ended peacefully.

The four phases would begin with submission of memorandum of their demands and end with indefinite dharnas. The decision was taken at a Jat mahasabha chaired by AIJASS national president Yashpal Malik, held at Jat Bhawan in Rohtak on Saturday.

“The first phase would begin from November 28, when Jats from 100 constituencies will submit memorandums to respective MPs, highlighting injustice the community is facing.

If the MPs don’t raise our demands in the Parliament, we will start negative campaign against them.

Bharatiya Janata Party MPs Raj Kumar Saini, Ashwini Chopra and Rao Inderjit Singh would not be given memorandums for their anti-Jat statements, Malik said.

In the second phase, on December 12, Jats in Delhi would give memorandums to BJP national leaders, asking them to remove the three MPs from the party and from their posts in the Parliament “for spreading hatred against the community”, said Malik.

In the third phase, beginning December 13, Jat leader Mahendra Poonia would begin a ‘padyatra’ to promote brotherhood in the state.

If by the end of the padyatra no step is taken in their favour, the agitation will enter the fourth phase, during which Jats across the state would sit

on indefinite dharnas, said Malik.

The Jat leader said the government had failed to fulfil their demands despite making promises. Their demands include Jat quota, release of those arrested in February and rollback of cases against Jats during the stir.