Haryana CM has invited us for talks: Malik

DW BUREAU / Chandigarh

AIJASS president Yashpal Malik on Saturday said he has been invited by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for talks in Delhi tomorrow, which is being seeing as a move to pacify the Jats who have threatened to disrupt BJP chief Amit Shah’s February 15 bike rally.

All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chief Yashpal Malik had cited non-fulfilment of the group’s a number of demands as the reason behind the plan to block the BJP national president’s rally in Jind with nearly 50,000 tractor trolleys.

“We have been invited for talks with the CM tomorrow at Haryana Bhawan in Delhi,” he said this evening, adding the information regarding the talks was communicated to him by the Rohtak range IG.

“A group of 50 to 60 people from our side will participate in the meeting to press for acceptance of our demands,” Malik said while making it clear that the threat of disrupting Shah’s rally would stand unless their demands were met by the government.

State minister Krishan Bedi said the chief minister has invited Jat leader Yashpal Malik for a meeting tomorrow in the wake of his threat that he would oppose the BJP chief’s rally. Malik has threatened to hold “Bhaichara Nyaya Yatra” at Jind on February 15 to seek answers from the government for allegedly not fulfilling the promises made to the Jat community.

The Jats have been demanding quota in jobs and education institutes, withdrawal of all cases registered against community members and suitable compensation to those who were injured in the reservation stir in 2016.

Meanwhile, Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) S S Prasad and DGP B S Sandhu met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba in New Delhi today to discuss the possible law and order situation arising out of Jat leader Yashpal Malik’s threat of disrupting Amit Shah’s rally.

“We discussed the call given by the AIJASS and how to maintain law-and-order situation. We had sought 150 companies of central forces and the home secretary asked about the deployment plan of forces and police

force and what will be the strategy to deal the situation,” Prasad said. “We are hoping that a solution will come out through dialogue,” he said.

Notably, the Haryana government had recently given its nod to withdrawal of 70 FIRs registered in connection with the February 2016 Jat quota stir violence.


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