Quota row: Haryana Govt. to hold talks with Jat leaders today as deadline ends

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New Delhi, Mar. 18 (ANI): Following the threat of another upheaval by the Jat community over reservation, the Haryana government will hold talks with Jat leaders in Chandigarh today.

According to reports, the leaders will meet Haryana Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, and till then will not resume the agitation.

Various Jat organisations had, on Monday, threatened to resume their quota agitation if the Haryana government does not meet their demand by yesterday.

Security has already been beefed up in the state. State Home Secretary said, the administration has called 100 companies of paramilitary forces to tackle any untoward situation.

Centre has also rushed 3,000 personnel of paramilitary forces to guard the Munak canal which supplies water to the national capital as it was breached during the Jat agitation recently.

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The All India Jat Aarakshan Sanghursh Samiti President said, the state government must bring a Bill in the ongoing Assembly session to ensure reservation for Jats.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has assured that the government will table the bill in the House soon.

Earlier, at a press conference in Chandigarh, State Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu said, the government is working on the bill.

When asked about the expiry of ultimatum, he said that the district administration has been given power to register cases under National Security Act against the miscreants. He warned that arson will not be tolerated.Last month, the jat agitation had claimed 30 lives.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s aide Prof. Virender Singh, who was booked for sedition, criminal conspiracy and inciting violence during the agitation, was arrested yesterday. Rohtak Police said, Singh will be produced before a court and his custodial interrogation will be sought. (ANI)

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