New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Renuka Chaudhary on Saturday called upon the Jat community, agitating for reservation under the OBC category, to campaign unitedly for their rights and suggested setting up of a core committee and formulating an action plan to meet their goals.
Chaudhary, who is the women president of All India Jat Mahasabha, said the community should "make themselves a force to be reckoned with and a major force in the vote back politics which no leader can ignore".
"Till you are a force to reckon with and work unitedly, you cannot win over your rights," she said at a meet of the Jats here, coming against the backdrop of the Supreme Court setting aside a notification to include Jats in the central list of OBC category.
The apex court had in July dismissed the plea of the Centre seeking a review of its March 17 verdict quashing OBC reservation for Jats.
A senior leader of the community said that though the court has struck down reservations for them, they would continue to press their demand with the government.
"We should constitute a core committee immediately with representatives from different regions and prepare an action plan putting aside internal differences. The committee could work on a five-point agenda to claim their rightful demand," Chaudhary said.
She also said that the leaders should also engage constitutional lawyer following the Supreme Court order. "Unless we strengthen our voices, no government from either side would listen to our pleas," she said.
Chaudhary also stressed for increased involvement of women to take up the Jat cause and working shoulder to shoulder with others in the community.