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Haryana-Jat talks break down

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar f

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar f  

Chief Minister Khattar fails to turn up for meeting scheduled with leaders

A day after consensus was reached on most of the demands of the Jat leaders in a meeting with a high-level committee headed by Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma in Panipat, the talks abruptly broke down in a dramatic turn of events on Friday after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar failed to turn up for a meeting scheduled with the Jat leaders at Haryana Bhawan here.

Conspiracy alleged

Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti national president Yashpal Malik, who is spearheading the reservation campaign, accused the Haryana Government of hatching a conspiracy against the community to mislead the people and weaken the agitation after the talks failed.

He said that the Jats would continue with their ongoing agitation and march towards Delhi on March 20 as decided earlier.

On whether there was any further possibility of talks, Mr. Malik said that now the talks could only happen at the Delhi-Haryana border when the protesters march towards the national capital.

“A meeting was scheduled with the Chief Minister to prepare the final draft of agreement before the announcement at a joint press conference in the afternoon. But the Chief Minister did not turn up for the meeting at the eleventh hour and instead headed to Chandigarh,” said Mr. Malik.

Mr. Sharma along with a few of his Cabinet colleagues and Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi reached the Haryana Bhawan in the afternoon to hold a joint press conference with the Jat leaders, but the Jat leadership refused to come for the conference without a prior meeting with the CM.

Accord reached: Minister

Mr. Sharma claimed that an agreement was reached on all the seven demands of the Jat community in the Panipat meeting and the government had already started working on it.

“The government has agreed to reinvestigate the cases registered against the members of the Jat community and give permanent jobs to the next of kin of those killed and handicapped.

“Also, 90 of those injured have already been given ex gratia and the rest would also get the compensation in the next 15 days. The Jat leaders have also agreed to lift all dharnas except 10 held by the executive members and suspend their plans to march towards Delhi on March 20,” said Mr. Sharma.

He, however, did not explain why Mr. Khattar did not turn for the scheduled meeting.

Later, Mr. Khattar held a press conference in Chandigarh claiming that he had no information about a joint press conference with the Jat leaders in Delhi.

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