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Reservation issue: Jat leaders clash at meeting in Gohana

punjab Updated: Nov 16, 2015 10:36 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Jat leaders clashing during a meeting over reservation at Gohana in Sonepat on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Internal bickering among various Jat organisations, struggling for reservation for the community, came to the fore on Sunday when Jat leaders clashed during a meeting held at Gohana to discuss the strategy for resuming agitation over the issue.

The clash erupted when Ashok Madina, the state president of a Jat reservation committee, accused Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti national president Yashpal Malik of creating hurdles in the way of Jat leaders’ struggle to get reservation for the community and asked him whether he would come to attend meeting of another reservation committee in Jind.

This irked Malik’s supporters who forced Madina to leave the venue of the meeting in which Jats of five districts of jind, Rohtak, Sonepat, Panipat and Jhajjar districts had gathered.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Malik said that Madina was working at the behest of some leaders owing allegiance to ruling BJP in Haryana and he wanted to disrupt the meeting. He also alleged that Madina was behind uprooting of tent poles at the venue of the meeting in Gohana grain market on early Sunday morning to thwart the gathering of Jat leaders.

He said that majority leaders of the community had taken exception to his antics and he was expelled from the meeting.

Malik claimed that the meeting was held peacefully and the members of the reservation committee had decided to hold a rally in Gohana on December 20 to decide the strategy for the future course of agitation for reservation.

Addressing the gathering, Malik also alleged that Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar was not taking any action against BJP’s Kurukshetra MP Raj Kumar Saini, who is making anti-Jat statements and said that the chief minister was rather spending money on the tours of Saini to various parts of the state.

He also warned Khattar against “promoting the anti-Jat politics” in Haryana, saying it would prove costly for the ruling BJP.