Ajit Singh bats for Jat community in backward classes list

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New Delhi, Dec 24: The newly elected Civil Aviation Minister, Ajit Singh met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the inclusion of Jat community in the central list of Backward classes.

Later, the issue came up at the Cabinet meeting. On Saturday, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh called Home Minister P Chidambaram regarding this issue.

Speaking to the presspersons, Digvijay Singh said, “It is an old demand. After the RLD came with the Congress, we have jointly met the Home Minister in this connection. He has assured us that he is already on the job and it might happen in the near future.” Even Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has written to the PM regarding the same demand.

“Jats are classified as a backward caste in many states like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. So why can’t they be classified a backward class at the Centre. It is a demand that has been there for a long time and it is a just demand. How come Jats are backward in Noida but not in Delhi?” asked Ajit Singh.

Appealing to the government, Digvijay said that “Both the RLD and the Congress have supported the demand to include Jats in the central list. The problem is that the Backward Class Commission had rejected this demand. There is no provision for a review but the Home Ministry has amended rules and now it is under review."

It is believed that the Jat-Muslim integration will help the Congress leaders in the upcoming elections.

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