15 Mar : Government on Tuesday invited protesting Jat leaders in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, demanding reservation in Central Government jobs, for talks in a bid to find an amicable resolution to the vexed issue.
Home Minister P Chidambaram and Social Justice Minister Mukul Wasnik would be holding the talks on behalf of the government and they are likely to be held tomorrow, official sources said.The Jat community is demanding reservation under OBC category in Central jobs.
The decision to hold talks with the agitating Jats was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati was also present at the meeting.
Government will make a statement in Parliament tomorrow on the issue, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ashwani Kumar earlier said in Rajya Sabha when the issue was raised by BJP member Ramdas Agarwal.
At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi steered clear of the issue describing it as a “delicate and sensitive” issue which needed to be resolved through dialogue and discussion.
He said the party would not like to give any definitive comment.
All stakeholders including state government should resolve it through discussions, he said.
Singhvi said the party was against any violence in such agitations.
The over a week-long Jat stir has badly hit the rail movement with protestors squatted on rail tracks disrupting movement of trains in various parts of North India.
Jats have threatened to cut all essential supplies to Delhi if their demands are not met by 17th March.
Agitators have also threatened plan to block the supply of oil from Mathura refinery to Delhi.