SRINAGAR: All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), an organisation spearheading the quota agitation in Haryana, on Friday said the community was getting ready to extend its agitation to Jammu & Kashmir and two other states if its demands were not met.
“We have given time to Haryana government to bring and pass the Jat reservation Bill by March 31 (when the ongoing Budget session ends),” AIJASS president, Yashpal Malik, told reporters in Chandigarh.
“If the government does not pass the reservation Bill by March 31, then we shall chalk out our next course of action in our meeting on April 3 to be held in Delhi.”
The organisation has been leading the protests going on since the second week of February. The agitating Jats have been seeking reservation under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category.
The agitation has resulted in several deaths, even as the protesters were accused of mass-raping women on a protest day.
The announcement was amde after a meeting between Jat leaders and Haryana government.
Malik said the community leaders agreed to give the state government time to get a reservation bill passed during the ongoing Assembly session.
Replying to questions, he said: “There will be no agitation till April 3.” He appealed the other leaders of Jat community not to hold any agitation or protest in Haryana till April 3.
Haryana government had already assured the Jat leaders that it will bring the bill to provide for reservation to Jats and four other communities in the state during the current session of the Assembly.
Malik expressed satisfaction over the discussion held with the officials of Haryana government to chalk out a “workable solution”.
He said Jats want reservation in BC (Backward Class) category and that the community is getting ready for agitation for quota in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Jammu & Kashmir.
—with PTI inputs