New Delhi, March 19: Jat protesters have postponed ‘Delhi Gherao’ after talks with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Khattar had urged protestors to meet him and other ministers after they had announced ahead of the wide scale agitation across Delhi-NCR demanding reservation in government jobs, schools and colleges.
This has brought a big relief to worries that were brought in after the protest call by Jats on March 20. Haryana CM is addressing a press conference after the meeting with Jat leaders.
Jat reservation process at centre will begin after appointment of chairman & members of National Commission for Backward Classes: ML Khattar pic.twitter.com/YqKnibMaRm
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 19, 2017
CM Khattar has appealed the protestors to cooperate and maintain peace and harmony.
Meanwhile, Yashpal Malik, leader of Jats said, “We’ve assured government that tomorrow’s Delhi Kooch programme has been suspended and now Jats would not come to Delhi.”
Will take decision on coming protests in a state executive meeting on March 26: Yashpal Malik, Jat leader
Ahead of his meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Jat agitation leader Yashpal Malik had said he has seven core issues and he is hopeful of resolving them through dialogue.
We have 7 issues which can be resolved thru dialogue. Hope to build a common consensus: Yashpal Malik, Jat leader (To meet Haryana CM) pic.twitter.com/SJYjr5bCFC
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 19, 2017
Highlights from the Day
This is a major statement by the leader of Jat Stir, as failure of today’s meeting could bring National Capital Delhi to a standstill from Monday. It would disrupt public transport.
After reassurance from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar about their cause, the Jat community in the morning confirmed to meet the leader today.
Jat leader Yashpal Malik has confirmed the scheduled meeting with the Chief Minister at 12 p.m. today.
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Earlier in the morning today, Khattar government has said they are serious about the issues of the Jat community.
“On March 16, a meeting took place between the (jat) agitators and the government officials, during that some confusion emerged. The government is serious about the agitators’ concern. It is our foremost duty to uphold peace and fraternity in the state. We are committed to resolve this issue,” Khattar said.
“Hence, I, along with other ministers, urge the agitating people to come to the Haryana Bhawan at 12 p.m. today and talk to us. I and (Minister of State for Law and Justice) P. P. Choudhary along with other ministers will be waiting. We all believe in ‘Haryana eik and Haryanvi eik’ and uphold the welfare of the state,” he added.
As a security measure, a total of 124 paramilitary companies have been deployed for controlling agitation in Haryana tomorrow. The Delhi Police has also issued a traffic advisory to the people in view of the agitation. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will also suspend its train services to and from all stations outside Delhi from 11.30 p.m. on Sunday.
On Wednesday, the Jat protesters announced that they will begin their stir in Delhi on March 20.
They gave a call for the march to besiege Parliament and to hold dharnas on the Delhi border, blocking all highways, to press for their demands for reservation.
Apart from reservation, the Jats have also been demanding jobs to the next of kin of those killed in violence in the agitation last year, compensation to those injured, withdrawal of cases against them and action against officers who ordered action against the Jats
Wefornews Bureau (with ANI inputs)