Mayawati refutes allegations of provoking Jat stir

Last Updated: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 18:45

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
Mayawati on Monday refuted allegation by some opposition parties
that the state government had provoked the pro-quota agitation
by Jats, terming it as baseless.

"Some political parties have alleged over the last
couple of days that the Jat agitation was provoked by the
state government on which the CM has said that such
allegations are baseless, false and uncalled for," Cabinet
Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told reporters here.

Though admitting that the chief minister is in favour
of reservation to Jats, he said as their demand was related to
the Centre, she had asked protesters, who were blocking rail
traffic at Kafoorganj railway station in the state, to go to
Delhi and voice their grievances in a peaceful way.

"Jats are already included in the OBC list in UP. The
CM said that she supported their demand of reservation in
central services, but also appealed that as the demand was
related to the Centre, Jats should go to Delhi and keep it
peacefully and in a disciplined manner," Singh said.

He said that the CM had appealed to the protesters
that there should be no loss of life or property during the
agitation.

"She had also directed the officers to ensure that law
and order situation was not disturbed and effective steps were
taken by the government which finally led to the clearance of
tracks by the agitators," the Cabinet Secretary claimed.

Singh said that the state has demanded 100 companies
of Central forces from the Centre to deal with any threat to
law and order in future.

"Initially the state demanded 50 companies, which was
not fulfilled. The state has again demanded 100 companies for
future so that required stern action can be taken," he said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 18:45

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