Reservation row: Jat leaders all out to unite tribe ahead of next phase of protests

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2015 19:49 IST

Jat leaders are making strenuous efforts for unity, amid fears that its next phase of the agitation to press the government for the community in the reservation quota will not be supported.

Leaders of the community, who were at the front during the earlier phase of the agitation, have been holding village-level meetings in Jat-dominated areas and making impassioned appeals to Jats, particularly the youth, to show support when the agitation is resumed.

The leaders have also formed district-level committees to spread awareness and mobilise people for participation in the agitation, which is likely to begin after the declaration of the Panchayat elections in the state.

"Yes, meetings at village level are going on to prepare the ground for the agitation, and we are appealing people to participate for the future of their children," said Hawa Singh Sangwan, Haryana president of the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarkshan Sangarsh Samiti.

Sangwan said the panchayat election will be a key point in the agitation and warned to oppose the ruling BJP "if they didn't support the reservation agitation".

North Haryana a challenge

Khap panchayats have a stronghold in Jat-dominated districts of Jind, Sonepat, Jhajjar, Rohtak and Bhiwani, but they do not enjoy support of the Jats in the northern districts of Karnal, Kurukshetra, Ambala, Panchkula and Yamunanagar.

During the previous protests also, the Jats in these districts did not extend support to the demand for reservation.

"We are planning to hold meetings with members of our community in these districts also," Sangwan added.

'Whole country's Jats will unite'

At the national level as well, the Jats owe allegiance to two separate bodies; While Yashpal Malik heads the Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarkshan Sangharsh Samiti, HP Singh Parihar is the chief of the Sanyunkat Jat Arakhsan Sangarsh Samiti.

The difference among the two groups, both believe, is costing Jat interests.

On July 27, a protest call given by Malik's group evoked poor response in Haryana, following which it decided it was time for all Jats to come together.

"We are sure that all Jats of the country will be united at the August 18 meeting in Delhi, in which thousands of Jat leaders from Haryana, UP, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh will participate," Sangwan said.

However, Bhaleram Narwal, national president of the Narwal Khap, said he had no information about the August 18 meet.

"We will not support any committee and the agitation as well if they (leaders) do not fight together," he added.

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