The Jat leaders and the representatives of around 20 khap panchayats have decided to observe Haryana bandh on February 15 to press for their demand of reservation for the Jat community under the other backward class (OBC) category.
The decision was taken at a state-level rally in Jind on Wednesday, which was called by Nafe Singh Nain, national president of Sarvkhap panchayat.
It was unanimously decided in the rally to resume the agitation for reservation on February 15.
Threaten to block rail, road traffic
“The road and rail traffic in the entire state will be blocked on February 15 and shopkeepers will be asked to down their shutters in protest against the delay in grant of reservation for the Jat community,” said Sube Singh Ramain, spokesperson of the Sarv Jatiya Sarv Khap.
“If the government fails to accept our demand for reservation by February 15, we will resume the agitation that will continue till the demand is accepted,” he added.
The Jat leaders announced that the district-level committees will be formed for the proposed state-wide protests on February 15.
Addressing the gathering, Nafe Singh Nain slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking the required steps to provide reservation to Jats, despite his assurance in this regard.
“Following a call from Modi, we have been supporting Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, but the Prime Minister did not fulfil his promise made to Jat leaders,” he said.
Even as leaders of around 20 khap panchayats participated in the rally, representatives of several others skipped the event, alleging that certain khap panchayats were using the reservation issue for political purposes.
“We did not attend the rally at Jind as people are using the issue to fulfil their political aspirations,”said Bhale Ram of Narwal Khap.
Similarly, Tek Ram of the Kandela Khap said, “There is no unity among the members of the community from various states. Several leaders are also collecting money in the name of the agitation.”
However, Ishwar Singh of the Binain Khap dismissed the allegations of differences within Jat organisations and Khap panchayats and said, “Today’s rally was successful as most of the leaders expressed their views in favour of resuming our agitation on February 15. We are sure we will achieve our goal.”