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Jats row: Naidu to meet Khattar, look at agitators' demands from the central level

The BJP-appointed High-powered Committee, Headed By Senior Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, To Examine The Demand Of Jats For Quota In Central Jobs Held Its First Meeting Today And Has Called Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar For Deliberations Today To Ascertain State’s Views On The Subject.

PTI | Updated on: 23 Feb 2016, 08:20:19 AM

New Delhi :

The BJP-appointed high-powered committee, headed by senior union minister Venkaiah Naidu, to examine the demand of Jats for quota in central jobs held its first meeting today and has called Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for deliberations today to ascertain state’s views on the subject.

During the hour-long meeting, the committee, comprising union ministers—Mahesh Sharma, Sanjeev Baliyan and party leaders Satpal Malik and Avinash Rai Khanna—took stock of the situation and discussed as how to move forward in the matter.

According to sources, the Committee has called Khattar and other state ministers tomorrow for ascertaining the state government’s views on the subject.

Yielding to pressure from agitating Jats, the BJP had last night announced setting up of the committee under Naidu to examine the quota demand for the community in government jobs.

Meanwhile, violence continued unabated in the state today with stone-pelting mobs attacking security personnel trying to clear a road blockade triggering a clash in which three civilians were killed raising the death toll to 19 in the nine-day old stir.

The five-member committee set up under the chairmanship of Union Parliamentary Affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu to examine the quota demand of Jats in government jobs, today held its first meeting here.

The committee took stock of the situation and discussed as how to move forward in the matter.

Other members of the committee - Mahesh Sharma, Sanjeev Baliyan, both Union Ministers and BJP leaders Satpal Malik and Avinash Rai Khanna, attended the hour-long meeting.

The committee is likely to talk to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and other state ministers tomorrow for ascertaining the state government’s views on the subject, according to a close aide of Naidu.

Yielding to pressure from agitating Jats, the Centre had last night announced setting up of the committee under Naidu to examine the quota demand for the community in government jobs.

Meanwhile, life in violence-torn Haryana was limping back to normalcy with Jat protesters starting to lift blockades from various parts of the state after the announcement of the committee.

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First Published : 23 Feb 2016, 08:11:00 AM

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