Jat demands OBC reservation, threaten to block Delhi

The Akhil Bharatiya Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti has warned that if the government does not pay heed to its demand for extending reservations to jats under the “other backward classes” category, they would disrupt the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October. It warned that the Commonwealth Games baton relay, which is now in Allahabad, might also be disrupted. The members of the community had on June 13 taken control of the Sonia Vihar water regulator head in Ghaziabad and cut off water supply to Delhi. Speaking at a press conference, the samiti’s national president, Mr Yeshpal Malik, said the ministry of social justice had promised the jat community that it would look into their demand by July 10.
Mr Malik said, “There is no indication from the government that it plans to do anything. Hence, we will chalk out our strategy and go ahead with our earlier declaration of disrupting the Commonwealth Games 2010 if the government does not respond.” He said members of the jat community, whether they be Hindus, Muslims or Sikhs, should be given reservation under the OBC category in Union government jobs and also in states where there is no such reservation — like Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Malik also said the strategy of disrupting the Commonwealth Games would be chalked out on July 28 when members of the community will stage a “warning demonstration” at Jantar Mantar. Given that Delhi was “surrounded” by jats, Mr Malik warned, his members would be in a position to cut off power, petroleum, gas, milk and vegetable supplies to the national capital if the need arose.

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