Jat Quota stir flares up ahead of Punjab Elections
Akhil Bhartiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS), a body comprising various Jat organisations of three states Tuesday announced to rake up the reservation issue in poll-bound Punjab.
Yashpal Malik, national president of ABJASS, announced this while addressing a rally organised in Hisar’s Mayyar village. During his address, Malik said, “On September 28 morning, the Jat organisations shall march towards Hussainiwala in Punjab from Fatehabad Jat Dharamshala in Haryana to “wake up” Punjab Jats on the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh. We will take the oath in Hussainiwala to fight for reservation till end like Bhagat Singh did for freedom.”
“We are seeking reservation for Punjab Jats for the last 10 years. But I was surprised when I read an article on September 10 in a newspaper that in Mandal Commission report those communities which were left out included Jat Sikh, Saini and Swarankar. They (Punjab government) gave reservation to Sainis and Swarankars but a Jat Sikh Chief Minister again left the noose hanging in their necks,” said Malik.
Referring to the importance of Jat community in Punjab, Malik questioned the gathering – “Who is Punjab’s Chief Minister? A Jat. Who is trying to be next Punjab Chief Minister? A Jat. And who is being hanged? A Jat.”
He added that in Punjab maximum Jats are into farming who do not have any family members in politics.
The event was attended by Khap leaders from various districts of Haryana, Jat leaders from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. President of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee, Jagdish Singh Jhinda, while addressing the gathering also extended support for reservation to Jats.