Jats gather in thousands at Jantar Mantar, most Delhi roads choc-a-bloc



Jats from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh have taken to the streets in the national capital demanding for quota in government jobs and educational institutions.

The protestors will later submit a memorandum of demands to President Pranab Mukherjee and literally encircle Parliament protesting for quota.  Most roads in Delhi have been clogged as thousands of protestors reached the ‘protest site’, Jantar Mantar on Parliament Street. Though the protest has remained largely peaceful, it has the potential to flare up considering the impassioned demand.

The objective of the Samiti was to organise an agitation in Delhi in a bid to pressurise the central government. As many as 4,000 police personnel have been stationed across Delhi. The protestors will not be stopped either at the border or elsewhere, but would be allowed to proceed up to Jantar Mantar.

Samiti leader Yashpal Malik said the Jats who resumed protest for the quota on January 29, have now moved their protest venue to March 2. The protestors also announced non-cooperation after Holi festival (March 13).

On March 2, Malik, who belongs to Uttar Pradesh, will the date of another march in Delhi in which 50 lakh Jats from 13 states are likely to participate with their tractor-trollies. It will be a historic moment. The protest will continue until the Jat demands are fulfilled, he added.

will announce the date of another programme to be held in Delhi after Holi. During the event, Jats would march with their bullock carts and tractor-trolleys.

As part of their non-cooperation, the Jats have been told to stop paying electricity and water bills and stop milk supply and other essential commodities such as vegetables to the national capital.

Earlier, moving an adjournment motion during the Budget session of the Haryana Assembly, INLD leader AS Chautala, said the Congress and the BJP were trying to play politics on quota on March 1. The assembly has witnessed an uproar, including a walkout by main opposition INLD and Congress MLAs, over the CM Manohar Lal Khattar’s assurances.

Opposition parties, including the Congress, the INLD and even Independents are looking to put the government in a corner. However, the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti has decided against participating in talks with the proposed four-member panel. redress their grievances.

Apart from the quota, the Jats are also demanding jobs to the next of kin of those killed in the violence \in the agitation last year, damages to those injured, withdrawal of cases filed against them and dismissal of guilty officers. The Jat agitation held last year had left 30 people dead, more than 200 injured and crores worth public property damaged.