Jat reservation: Khaps divided on political lines fight with each other
Representatives of Kajla khap and Satrol khap, divided on political lines, on Thursday fought with each other and accused rival political parties of playing politics over the Jat reservation issue and "using" them for their "vested" interests.punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2015 19:49 IST
Representatives of Kajla khap and Satrol khap, divided on political lines, on Thursday fought with each other and accused rival political parties of playing politics over the Jat reservation issue and "using" them for their "vested" interests.
A press conference called by the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Mahasabha, Kajla khap and Satrol khap turned into a political battle ground with the Khap leaders making allegations and counter-allegations.
The confrontation started when Kajla khap head Rajmal Kajal, who has served as an official spokesperson of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and later become the party MLA, accused the Congress of polarising the society over the Jat reservation issue.
"This whole mess is created by the Congress. Had the Congress not polarised pople over the Jat reservation issue, a quota for the community would not have been rejected by the Supreme Court," Kajal said.
The comment did not go well with All India Jat Mahsabha state president Om Prakash Mann, who rejected Kajal's comment and defended the Congress.
"Jat reservation was initially made possible by Haryana's former Congress CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, UPA minister Ajit Singh, and Punjab's former CM Captain Amarinder Singh and Congress president ) Sonia Gandhi who made consistent efforts in this direction. The UPA government held a special meeting of the Union cabinet last year to approve reservation for the Jat community."
However, Kajal immediately rebuffed Mann's statement by saying, "The Congress only gave us a lollypop, nothing else."
Meanwhile, Satrol khap's women wing president Sudesh Chaudhary also joined the argument and demanded that the INLD make its stance clear on the issue.
"INLD should make their stance clear, if they are with us or they are not," Chaudhary said.
MEETING OF KHAPS
Earlier, Mann told mediapersons that a big meeting of around 100 khaps will be held in Bhiwani district on April 18, where khap leaders from Haryana, UP, and Delhi would be present.
Mann said that in the meeting, all the Khaps would be asked to support the Centre's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao') campaign.
"Our delegation of khaps recently met Haryana CM (Manohar Lal Khattar) and the next day we had a meeting with PM Narendra Modi over filing a review petition on the issue of Jat reservation. Modi ji readily agreed to our demand, but asked for a favour in return. The PM wants us to help him in making 'Beti Bachao…' mission a success by raising awareness on the issue. And now we have pledged that we will ensure it will happen," said Mann, who is also a leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Tikait).
However, Rajmal Kajal of the Kajla khap struck a discordant note on the issue. "My views on this topic differ from the government's views. I think the government should first create a conducive atmosphere for girls or women, so that they can move freely. Besides, there should be a complete ban on obscene advertisements, and more importantly they should work to raise the status of women in the society. Till you don't raise woman's stature you cannot achieve this mission," Kajal said.
POLITICAL BATTLE GROUND
-Kajla khap head Rajmal Kajal accuses the Congress of polarising society over the Jat reservation issue
-All India Jat Mahsabha state president Om Prakash Mann defends the Congress and credits Hooda, Sonia and Amarinder for making effective efforts to get quota for Jats
- Satrol khap's women wing president Sudesh Chaudhary joins the argument and asks INLD to make its stance clear on the issue