Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar achieved a breakthrough in his meeting with Jat leaders on Sunday and assured them that their demands will be looked into.
The agitating Jat leaders from Haryana gave the government a 15-day deadline to decide on the matter and withdrew Monday protests planned in Delhi and Haryana.
Jats had planned a march over the quota issue to Parliament in the national capital, where massive security arrangements have been made by authorities.
Before meeting Khattar All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) Chaiperson Yashpal Malik said that their protest will be peaceful and they will decide their next course of action after the talks.
“The protests will be peaceful. For 50 days our protests were peaceful. We have made seven demands and we are here to meet the CM and others with a positive frame of mind.
“We believe that talks will provide solution to the issues… but we will decide our future course of action based on the outcome of the meeting,” Malik told reporters
“If we reach agreement on all issues, I will inform you,” he said on whether they will suspend the agitation.
Thousands of policemen were deployed, metro and road traffic curtailed and prohibitory orders imposed in parts of the national capital in view of the planned march to Parliament tomorrow by Jat protesters from Haryana and neighbouring states who are demanding reservation.
The city was virtually on tenterhooks following protesters’ threat to block entry points and various agencies involved in providing essential services have been instructed to make necessary arrangements so that people do not face any inconvenience because of the stir.
Security has been tightened as a similar agitation by the Jats had resulted in large-scale violence in Haryana in February last year, leaving 30 people dead and more than 300 people injured. Violence broke out today in Fatehabad, 200 km from here, is Haryana as Jat protesters clashed with police while moving towards Delhi, leaving four policemen including a Deputy Superintendent of Police injured.
The traffic flow in the city is likely to be hit severely as the agitators have announced that the magnitude of the protest will be large this time and it will be felt across Delhi.
The Centre had yesterday directed governments of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to invoke CrPC 144 to stop Jat protesters and has mobilised 247 companies (about 24,700 personnel) of paramilitary forces.
Delhi Police has also cancelled leaves of its personnel till further orders and imposed prohibitory orders and several traffic restrictions to prevent Jat community members from going ahead with their protest.
The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti (AIJASS), which is spearheading the agitation demanding reservations in education and government jobs, has given a call for a march to the national capital to gherao Parliament and to hold dharnas on the Delhi border blocking all highways to press for its demands.
Metro trains will not travel beyond the city’s borders from 11.30 PM while 12 stations in Central Delhi will be shut from 8 PM till further orders.
The affected stations will be Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Janpath, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, R K Ashram Marg, Pragati Maidan, Khan Market and Shivaji stadium.