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Jats give 3-day ultimatum to Hooda govt amidst differences

Even as the all-khap mahapanchayat of Jat leaders on Monday served a three-day ultimatum on the chief minister to grant other backwards class (OBC) status to the community, fissures among the Jat leaders deepened further.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 28, 2012 11:19 IST
Hindustan Times

Even as the all-khap mahapanchayat of Jat leaders on Monday served a three-day ultimatum on the chief minister to grant other backwards class (OBC) status to the community, fissures among the Jat leaders deepened further.

After holding closed-door meetings at Jat Dharamshala here, a 26-member committee of various khaps threatened to intensify the agitation across the state if their demand was not met in the next three days.

Leaders of 96 khap panchayats of Jats started deliberations at around noon and it took them more than five hours to reach the decision to serve an ultimatum on the state government.

The media was barred from the premises, where leaders of breakaway factions of Yashpal Malik from Noida and Hawa Singh Sangwan from Bhiwani also attended the meeting.The meeting had been called after a delegation of Jats did not get satisfactory response from the state government.

Sangwan, who enjoys Haryana government patronage, said that he was pursuing the khap and other Jat leaders to shun the path of agitation till March.

"The agitation is unnecessarily causing inconvenience to the public, thus earning a bad name for the community. As the model code of conduct is in force due to electioneering process, it is unlikely that anything worthwhile will come out. We should wait till March 8," he said.

First Published: Feb 28, 2012 10:24 IST