Jats Agree To Cancel Jind Protest Rally, To Hold Peaceful 'Balidan Divas' On February 18

| February 12 , 2018 , 08:48 IST

In a relief for the state of Haryana, which has been facing flak for recent rape incidences, the Jat group will not be holding their rally for reservation in Jind on February 15 as planned, but will instead hold a peaceful 'Balidan Divas' on February 18.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday held a 5-hour meeting with a Jat delegation led by All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti president Yashpal Malik. During the meet, the Jat group agreed to not hold their rally on February 15, the same day BJP chief Amit Shah will be attending a bike rally in the town.

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Alleging non-fulfilment of their demands on reservation, the Jat body had threatened to disrupt Amit Shah's rally with their own "Bhaichara Nyaya Yatra" rally with 50,000 tractor-trolleys, due to which CM Khattar sought a meeting with Malik and his delegation.

After the meeting, Malik confirmed that the issue of reservation was discussed in detail and that the Haryana government would be withdrawing all cases registered in connection with the violence during the Jat quota protests in the state in February 2016. Around 70 FIRs in connection with the protests are to be withdrawn by the Haryana government.

He added that the state government will be presenting data collected by March 31 to the Backward Class Commission so as to decide on the percentage of reservation.

In November 2017, Malik had said that another 'Jat Andolan' would take place in January-February if the reservation is not granted by then.