Uproar over Jat quota issue in Har assembly

The Haryana assembly witnessed uproarious scenes for over 80 minutes over the Jat quota stir with both ruling and opposition members indulging in heated exchanges.

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 19:47 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Haryana assembly on Tuesday witnessed uproarious scenes for over 80 minutes over the Jat
quota stir with both ruling and opposition members indulging
in heated exchanges.

Soon after the Question Hour, INLD`s Ajay Singh
Chautala raised the issue saying the Jats had been squatting
on rail tracks in the state demanding reservation in central
jobs.
The opposition member said Chief Minister Bhupinder
Singh Hooda was trying to sidetrack the issue by saying he had
written a letter to the Prime Minister in this regard.

The letter, the INLD member claimed, had been rejected
by the Backward Classes Commission to which it was forwarded
to by the Prime Minister.
At this stage, Congress member Naresh Sharma made some
remarks triggering noisy scenes. He was also locked in a
verbal duel with INLD`s Abhay Singh Chautala.

Sharma and other ruling members and INLD legislators
also came face to face with each other.

Speaker Kuldeep Sharma asked Naresh to take back the
objectionable remarks made against Abhay Chautala.

Hooda refuted INLD`s claim that the request made by
him to the Prime Minister for granting reservation to Jats of
the state had been rejected.

He said the Backward Classes Commission, to which the
letter had been forwarded, had opined it was not in its power
to review reservation.

The letter had been forwarded to the Union Social
Justice and Empowerment Ministry which was examining all legal
aspects, Hooda said.

The INLD made a suggestion that the treasury benches
should bring a resolution urging the Centre to grant quota to
Haryana Jats in government jobs.

The government should also bring people in the state
from other castes including Brahmins, Aggarwals, Punjabis and
others within the reservation ambit on the basis of economic
backwardness, INLD members said.

At the end of nearly 80-minute pandemonium on the
issue, Speaker Kuldeep Sharma said the state government had
made its stand clear on the issue and disallowed any further
discussion on the matter.

PTI