The Budget Session of Haryana Assembly on Wednesday witnessed ruckus for over two hours on the ongoing Jat agitation with the Opposition, including the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Congress party held the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government responsible for the continuing protest while the ruling party continued to refute the allegations saying that it is leaving no stone unturned to ensure harmonious and peaceful atmosphere in the state.
With Question Hour ending, discussion began on an Adjournment Motion moved by the former Assembly Speaker and Congress MLA from Beri Assembly constituency, Raghuvir Singh Kadian regarding indefinite protests by Jats at various places in the state.
Speaking on the issue, Kadian pointed out a few examples wherein cases registered under Terrorist Disruptive Activites (prevention) Act, under IPC Section 302 and Section 307 were withdrawn by the governments.
Kadian further stated that the state government should immediately take some decision on the demands put by the agitators including approaching Centre for OBC quota to the community, government jobs to the kin of those killed during previous agitation, withdrawal of cases registered against the community members last year and party action against BJP Kurukshetra MP Rajkumar Saini for openly opposing quota to Jats.
Kadian's arguments were supported by the leader of the Opposition, Abhay Singh Chautala, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhary and others.
The House witnessed ruckus when Chautala alleged that the Manohar Lal Khattar led government had failed to manage the agitation last year, which turned violent resulting into the deaths and damages of properties, however, the ruling benches took a serious note of the allegations leveled by the Opposition.
Coming to shield the Leader of the House, Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu even accused the INLD and Congress leaders of provoking the Jat agitation last year. This led a war of words between the ruling and opposition which lasted for over two hours.
While replying to the opposition's questions on the issue, CM said that earlier the Jat agitators were in the mode of changing the goal posts and their this attitude could make the situation even more complicated.
Khattar also offered constitution of an Assembly Committee to hold talks with the agitators so that the issue could be resolved at the earliest however, the discussion ended fruitless with the INLD and Congress staging walk-outs expressing their dissatisfaction over the reply filed by the leader of the House.