Haryana to file an application against HC stay on Jat quota

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Haryana will soon file an application in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the court’s stay on Jat reservation.

Security has been beefed up in view of the 5 June Jat agitation. The CRPF jawans have been deployed near the Munak canal.

On 26 May, the HC, on a plea challenged the validity of the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act, 2016, and brought a stay on Jat quota. This came as a major blow for the Khattar government. The next hearing in the case is on 21 July, when the government has to file its reply.

On 29 May, Jats from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi had staged a protest outside Union home minister Rajnath Singh’s residence.

Meanwhile, Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Samiti, led by Yashpal Malik, has started preparations to launch a state wide ‘Jat Nyay rally’ in Haryana from 5 June.

It may be recalled a violent Jat stir had dented the state in February. It was brought under control only after the army staged a flag march.

All main Haryana-based Jat outfits and khaps have been maintaining a distance from Malik, as they say he is from Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile, some khap leaders said they were planning to meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and urge them to put the case of Jats strongly in court.

“We will not launch any agitation. This time, we will fight for our rights legally,” said Tek Ram Kandela, convener, Sarv Khap Panchayat (SKP), a body of Haryana khaps.