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Now Jats want quota in jobs and education, threaten stir


NEW DELHI: Taking a cue from the Patels’ agitation in Gujarat, Jats have decided to begin their reservation agitation once again. Jats in Haryana on Thursday threatened to launch an agitation in the state to press for their demand of OBC quota.

Senior Jat leader and All India Jat Aarkshan Sangarsh Samiti Haryana president Hawa Singh Sangwan has called for a fresh agitation to achive the goal of quota for Jats in jobs and educational institutions. He said Thursday, “Jats in Haryana will launch an agitation next month. It will be peaceful.”

“If Jats did not get their right, they will intensify their agitation in future,” he warned. “We (Jats) don’t indulge in agitation, but if we are not given our due, we never sit silent,” Sangwan said.

The previous Hooda government had in 2013 accorded special backward class status to Jats. However, the decision was stayed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court last month. Jats in Haryana are also in touch with people from other communities including Rors and have formed ‘brigades’ for the proposed agitation.

In Gujarat, eight people have died in widespread violence triggered by a snowballing movement for reservations for the Patel community. The government has deployed the army and imposed the curfew in parts of the state to control the situation.