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Haryana Jats suspend stir

Last Updated: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 20:14

Chandigarh: The Jat protesters have suspended their two-week long stir after talks with Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here on Saturday.

The talks, which had broken down at Pipli earlier this week, ended on a positive note today, a senior khap leader said.

An official confirmation is likely to take place tomorrow.

The agitators were demanding reservation in government jobs under OBC quota.

Representatives of 25 khaps held talks for over two hours at the Chief Minister`s residence here, senior Khap leader, Nafe Singh Nain said.

"It has been agreed that the agitating Jats will suspend their stir and wait for the Haryana Backward Classes Commission report, which is expected to be submitted to the state government shortly," Nain said.

Last year the community leaders had ended their stir on March 26, after a promise of setting up of a `Haryana Backward Classes Commission`.

Nain and another khap leader Baljit Singh Malik said they have been told that the Commission`s report will be submitted in the next few months.

"We will make a formal announcement regarding suspension of the stir at the agitation site in Hisar tomorrow, and also take a decision regarding future course of action," Malik said.

Besides Hooda, parliamentary affairs minister Randeep Singh Surjewala also participated in the meet.

The traffic on Hisar-Bhiwani track was now expected to resume.

A 25-member committee of the Sarv Khap Panchayat was constituted for holding talks with the government.

On February 27, the khaps had served an ultimatum to the government to accept their demands within three days and the deadline was later extended by another three days.

Next day, the meeting of the Sarv Khap Pratinidhi Panchayat with the state government in Kurukshetra district failed to find an end to the stir.

During their stir, Hooda had asked the community to exercise restraint and wait for the report of the Backward Classes Commission which was expected to be submitted to the state government shortly.

The Jats had launched their stir near Mayyar in Hisar district and some other parts of the state in support of their demands that also includes withdrawal of cases against some members of their community registered during last year`s stir.


First Published: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 20:14
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