Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar called an emergency cabinet meeting on Thursday night after the protesters turned down his request to stop the agitation. CM also called for all party meeting to resolve the reservation issue which has just begin. Meanwhile, owing to increasing agitation, the district administration has declared holidays in all educational institutions till February 22. Along with closing of schools and colleges, the government has further ordered to block mobile internet services in the district of Jhajjar, Panipat, Sonipat, Hisar, Rohtak, Jind and Bhiwani.
Earlier during the protests, several people were injured when the clash broke out among protesters and police personnel in Rohtak. One police vehicle including few others were damaged by the agitated protesters in Rohtak, which forced the district administrations to impose Section 144 of CrPC keeping the law and order in mind.
Earlier the leader of the Sarva Khap Jat Panchayat had announced the postponement of the proposed agitation demanding reservation in government jobs after meeting with CM Khattar. The Chief Minister had then assured of coming up with a better solution over the reservation issue and the agitation was postponed till March end. The state government had also formed a four member committee to further study the issue in detail and submit its report.
Jats contribute to nearly 30 percent of the state’s total population of 2.5 crore and the reservation issue has ever been a daunting one for state government. The community members have been demanding reservation for Jats in government jobs and seats in educational institutions. As of now, several students belonging to Jat community have come out to support the protests. Yesterday, a group of Jat students studying in Kurukshetra University demanded reservation under the OBC quota and held demonstration in front of the Vice-chancellor’s office. Students also allegedly raised slogans against the state government. Later, the agitating students staged a sit-in on the Kurukshetra-Pehowa road and blocked the traffic which forced the traffic personnel to divert the traffic. In another news, students in Hisar also protested in support of the reservation for Jat community.
A total of 126 Jat leaders met Chief Minister in Chandigarh on Wednesday wherein CM Khattar discussed the issue and assured them of finding a solution accepted by all. Despite of the assurance provided by CM, the agitation has not stopped. Jat leaders are of the view that they would continue the agitation till the legislation fixing reservation for Jats is brought in the assembly by state government. As of now, Haryana government has announced that it would increase the quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) to 20 percent, from 10 percent.