The All-India Youth Congress (AIYC) has squarely blamed the Union and Haryana governments for the violence that erupted in parts of the neighbouring state on the Jat reservation issue.
“Both, the Centre and the state governments did not act when the first signs of resentment among the Jats began to surface. They should have come forward to hold talks with the Jat leaders. The two governments were caught on the wrong foot when the situation took a turn for the worse, resulting in the loss of human life and damage to property,” AIYC president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring stated while talking to the media at Nawanpind village on Sunday after addressing a rally organised by the Amritsar (rural) unit of the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC).
Raja Warring, who is also an MLA from Gidderbaha constituency of Punjab, pointed out that the issue of bringing Jats under the reservation quota came up during the time when the Congress under its chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was in power. Hooda supported the demand of the Jat community, he added.
“However, I fail to understand why the BJP government under chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar ignored the issue even after receiving reports that the situation could take an ugly turn,” he claimed.
Asked whether the Haryana unit of the Youth Congress supported the demand of the Jat community, the Youth Congress leader replied, “Yes, members of this community, who are members of the Youth Congress are obviously supporting the demand. We have asked them to remain peaceful and protest in a non-violent and democratic manner.”
Raja Warring strongly defended the visit of All-India Congress Committee (AICC) vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He refuted allegations of the BJP that Gandhi had gone to the JNU and supported anti-national elements.
“Gandhi had gone to the JNU to show his support for those students or staff members, who despite having nothing to do with anti-national elements were being harassed by the police at the behest of the BJP and the RSS,” he claimed.
The AIYC chief said the RSS agenda was very clear “Create trouble and even use force to take control of educational institutions like the JNU, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Aligarh Muslim University and a few others where the BJP or the RSS had no say.”
Raja Warring condemned the manner in which the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief and local MP Capt Amarinder Singh was prevented from entering the historic Khalsa College last week so as to interact with the students and staff on the Khalsa University issue.
“It was wrong on the part of the authorities to have acted in such a manner with a person who has remained the chief minister of the state,” he added.