Congress targets Haryana Govt. for failing to tackle ‘provocative atmosphere’

New Delhi, Feb.19 (ANI): The Congress Party on Friday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Haryana for protests by the Jat community demanding reservation in government jobs.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the state government has been a complete failure as they have not managed to tackle the law and order situation, eventually resulting into violence.

“The Congress has always condemned all forms of violence and here whether it is category A or caste B, we must condemn all such forms of violence. We must also condemn this violence whether it is a political party A or B,” Singhvi told ANI.

“It has no place in our system but I am regretfully forced to say that law and order and this violence issue being entirely in the domain of the state government, they have been a complete failure on that front,” he added.

The Congress leader further stated it is vital for the state government to get their house in order.

“It is vital to defuse this provocative atmosphere because this conflict can have serious consequences. We would charge straightly the state government for a failure on this front. We hope that they would move fast to get this under control,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Government said that it was working hard to fulfill the demands of the protesting Jat community.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s OSD Jawahar Yadav in an exclusive conversation with ANI said that he was baffled by the state-wide agitation and added that no one has the right to take the law into their own hands.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Army Chief General Dalbir Singh have been conveyed about the deployment of Army personnel in the violence struck area.

Adamant on their agitation till a legislation giving quota to the community under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category is cleared, the protest by the Jat community intensified earlier as they torched the house of Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu today.

The Finance Minister was not in his residence at the time.

Firing also broke out in which one person was injured and the protestors set up road blockade at many places in Panipat, which also affected movement of vehicles towards Uttar Pradesh.

Violence had broken out during the protest in Rohtak on Thursday, leaving at least 15 persons injured. The administration clamped prohibitory orders in the district by imposing Section 144 of CrPC to avert any further deterioration in law and order situation.

Police and paramilitary forces resorted to baton-charge and teargas shells to control the situation after some unidentified people torched motorcycles and pelted stones during clashes. (ANI)

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