Jats reject CM Khattar's offer, protests spread across state

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Chandigarh, Feb 18: Jat protesters on Thursday rejected Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar's offer to enhance quota for economically backward classes with the agitation spreading to Faridabad, Kaithal and Karnal disrupting rail and road traffic.

In view of the blockades set up by the agitators, Haryana Roadways suspended its bus services on many affected routes.

Jats reject CM Khattar's offer

The Jat continued to block roads in Rohtak-Jhajjar, the epicentre of the protests, disrupting supply of milk, vegetables, fruits and other items on the national highway connecting Rohtak with other parts of the state and NCR.

A day after holding talks with the Chief Minister, All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti's national president, Yashapal Malik told PTI that, "We reject the offer, it is not technically viable. It is illegal and cannot be implemented."

"We (Jats) cannot be befooled once again, we have been fighting for our right for several years now. The agitation has further spread to Kaithal, Faridabad, Karnal, Palwal today and by tomorrow, it will cover entire Haryana," Malik said.

'We reject the offer, it is not technically viable'

Jat and Khap leaders had held a four-hour long meeting with Khattar and some of his ministers here yesterday during which the CM had announced enhancement of the reservation quota under EBC and the annual income ceiling from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.

The Chief Minister had announced an enhancement of the quota of reservation for Economically Backward Classes in the state from 10 to 20 per cent, but the community remained adamant on their demand for reservation under OBC category.

The protests continued at other places including Sonipat, Bhiwani and Hisar. Malik said the Jats will fight for their rights and continue to protest till they get it.

"People (who do not belong to the Jat community) have also come out on the streets in support of our demand," Malik said when asked about the inconvenience caused to passengers and students due to the stir.

PTI

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