Hooda failed to keep promise, say Jat leaders
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s attempt to convince Jat leaders to end their ongoing agitation over reservations failed to yield any result last night.chandigarh Updated: Feb 29, 2012 10:54 IST
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s attempt to convince Jat leaders to end their ongoing agitation over reservations failed to yield any result on Tuesday night.
Though chief parliamentary secretary Dharambir Singh — who accompanied Hooda during the talks in Pipli, Kurukshetra — claimed that the Jat leaders from various khaps had promised to end the agitation, the delegation head Nafe Singh dismissed the claims.
The community leaders, who are seeking an Other Backward Classes (OBC) status for Jats, told reporters after the meeting that the chief minister “did not keep his promise” to meet their demands.
Hooda, who was also accompanied by parliamentary minister Randeep Singh Surjewala and former MP Jai Prakash, held a closed-door meeting with 23 khap leaders led by Nafe Singh.
Soon after the talks, the CM and his political aides left the venue without speaking to the media.
The nominated spokesperson of the committee of khap panchayats, Sube Singh, told reporters that Jats would continue the agitation as the CM had not agreed to their demands.
He said the Jat leadership was ready to wait till the Haryana Backward Class Commission submits its reports in the coming months — but with an assurance from Hooda that the Haryana government would ensure inclusion of the community for reservation benefits.
“However, the chief minister refused to agree to this, and told us that the state could act on the Jat’s reservation issue only if the Centre gives its nod,” said Nafe Singh, adding that the state government still had two days to end the impasse. “It is unfortunate that despite assurances in the past, Hooda has not kept his promise to meet our demands,” he said.
Dharambir Singh had a different version of what transpired at the meeting. “The khap leadership that met the CM under the chairmanship of Nafe Singh, reached a compromise,” the chief parliamentary secretary said. “He (Nafe Singh) assured the state government that the agitation would end.”
But Nafe Singh dismissed Dharambir’s remarks, saying Tuesday night’s talks had failed. At a meeting held by representatives of 96 khaps of Haryana in Jind on Monday, a 26-member committee
was constituted to discuss the issue with the state government.
The khaps had served a three-day notice to the state government, threatening to intensify the agitation across the state if their demands were not met.
First Published: Feb 29, 2012 10:50 IST