CM supports Jats' OBC demand
Masoodul Hasan, Hindustan Times
Lucknow/Meerut, June 14, 2010
Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday extended support to the demand of
Jat community for their inclusion in the list of OBC at the national
The All India Jat Reservation Struggle Committee, which organized a
rally in Moradnagar in Meerut on Sunday, had stopped water supply to
Delhi's Sonia Vihar from Ganga canal.
The Chief Minister said that she favoured inclusion of the community
in OBC because their socio-economic condition was not good. However
she appealed to the community to peacefully hold their demonstration.
Mayawati said the community leaders should go to Delhi to present
their case, as UP had no role in it. Mayawati said they should not
adopt any unconstitutional way to press for the acceptance of their
Report from Meerut said that Rashtriya Lok Dal and other Jat stalwarts
have distanced themselves from closure of water supply to Delhi from
Muradnagar Plant of Ghaziabad on Sunday.
Hundreds of supporters of the committee along with their president
Yashpal Malik barged into the water supply plant at Muradnagar on
Sunday and stopped water supply to Delhi. Samiti is demanding
reservation to Jats in centre.
Delhi's Sonia Vihar and Bhagirathi water plants get water from Upper
Ganga Canal through Muradnagar plant of district Ghaziabad.
It is believed that agitating protestors had covert support of the
state government, which has been demanding to settle the issue of
pending water bill with Delhi before July 3. The state government has
warned Delhi to stop water if the latter fails to afoot the pending
water bills. It is believed that, in spite of prior announcement of
Samiti to stop the water
to Delhi, local officials purposely did not initiate required action
against the protestors only to let the pressure mount on the Delhi
"They (protestors) had full support of the district administration",
blamed Yashbeer Singh, president of RLD's district unit. BSP supported
the move of Samiti only to scuttle Ajit Singh's efforts to seek
reservation for Jats in the centre, added Singh distancing his party
from any move which is troublesome for people.
" We do not support any acts like closure of water", he insisted.
While supporting reservation for Jats in the centre Bhartiya Kisan
Union spokesman Rakesh Tikait, said "such violent actions maligns the
image of entire community ".
"Instead of creating troubles for people we should adopt the method of
conversation to get our demands fulfilled", he quipped.
BKU chief Mahendra Singh Tikait and national general secretary of All
India Jat Mahasabha Yudhveer Singh also have condemned stoppage of
water supply to Delhi."
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