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Big relief for Delhi as Jat leaders call off agitation for 15 days

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

In a big relief to Delhi’ites, the reservation seeking Jat agitators on Sunday called off the march towards the national capital on Monday to press for their demands, for 15 days.
The Yashpal Malik-led All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS), which is spearheading the agitation demanding reservations in education and government jobs, decided to post-pone its march to Delhi after it held a meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in New Delhi and got assurance for consideration of its key demands.
Malik said all of their key demands have been accepted for consideration by CM Khattar and the Centre government which was represented by Union minister and Jat leader, Birendra Singh during the meeting.
“Today we got assurance both from the Centre and the state government. So we (Jats) are not coming to Delhi now (for the protest),” Malik said.
“As we have been assured that out demands will be met, we have decided to post-pone our march towards Delhi,” he added while speaking to reporters after the meeting.
Addressing the joint Press conference with Malik, the CM Khattar said justice will be given to the Jat community and everyone should now ensure that peace and harmony is maintained in the state.
“I have asked everyone (Jats) to go back to the places where sit-ins are being held. Those who attended today’s meeting with the CM will go there tomorrow and brief everyone about the decisions taken in the
meeting,” Malik said.
Malik said all of AIJASS’s demands, including reservation in the Central jobs have been accepted. “Now we will hold our meeting on 26 March to decide out future course of action,” he said, adding that no deadline has been fixed for fulfilling the demands. Apart from Other Backward Class (OBC) status for the community, AIJASS
have been demanding withdrawal of cases registered against the community members during the previous protests and permanent government jobs to the family members of those killed during the violence which in took place in February 2016 when the 30 persons were killed after the agitation turned violent.