Jat quota agitation: BJP appeals for peace in press conference

| Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 18:17
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Jat quota stir

New Delhi: With the Jat quota agitation in Haryana spreading across the region, many have turned to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government to seek an end to the violent protests gripping the state. 
Curfew has been imposed in towns like Rohtak and Bhiwani where this violent agitation has resulted in civilians getting injured. Holding a press conference on the matter, the BJP on Saturday pronounced their stance and further developments on this contentious situation.
In the BJP press conference, party representatives said that the BJP was not responsible for statements made against any particular caste. They reiterated that they believed in taking all castes together. 
On BJP MP Rajkumar Saini, who had earlier objected over giving reservation to Jats and even threatened to resign, the party said that a show-cause notice will be sent to him over his repeated inflammatory comments. 
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Chaudhary Birender Singh, Union minister of Rural Development, said, "We have briefed the Centre about the entire situation of the quota agitation. I spoke to Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah this morning. After SC's decision on Jat reservation last year, a section had met Shah and we had told them that the Congress had provided reservation only for political gains and that is the reason why Jats today are facing consequences."
The BJP member also said that the process should begin for Jat reservation. He invited people to hold discussions over the issue. 
"We seek support from political parties and I urge Haryana's population to maintain peace so that problem can be solved," Chaudhary said. 
While Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has taken to Twitter to appeal to the agitators to quell the tension and maintain harmony in the society, Home Minister Rajnath Singh will be meeting Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Jat leaders at 8pm today to discuss the demands of the agitators. 

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