The national president of All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) Yashpal Malik on Saturday threatened to start more dharnas in the state if the government did not stop issuing notices to Jat agitators.
Addressing the gathering, Yashpal Malik said, “I came to know that the local administration is issuing notices to Jat leaders. It had even tried to stop students who wanted to visit the agitation spot. If the state government and local administration does not stop issuing notices, we will organise more dharnas and intensify our stir by February 12.”
“We have launched our stir in 19 districts of Haryana and the state government arranged 77 companies of paramilitary forces to maintain the law and order situation. Now I am announcing more agitation spots in Haryana, I request the government to arrange more forces to deal with us. We are protesting peacefully, but if the government takes any action against Jats, we will reply back,” said Malik.
Talking about the criminal intimidation case against him, the AIJASS chief said, “This is a trick by the state government to book me in various cases so that I stay at home. But I am not scared. I am here to address 36 communities and will come to Haryana again.”
Yashpal Malik also slammed Haryana BJP ministers Captain Abhimanyu and OP Dhankar for calling Jat leaders “chandakhor (someone who misappropriates donations).”
“I want to say that we do collect chanda, but for the good of Jat community. We hold langar and hookah-pani for everyone from the 36 communities visiting the dharna site to support us. To feed thousands of mouths, money is required,” Yashpal Malik added.
Meanwhile, police and paramilitary forces have been deployed near the dharna spot to maintain the law and order situation.
Meanwhile, INLD national president Ashok Arora reached out to protesters at Jainpuar Jattan village of Kurukshetra district and assured all support to the protesters from his party.
“Our party favours reservation for Jats and will extend our support to you in your fight for your demands,” he said.
Meanwhile, the protesters who were protesting under the banner of AIJASS were also collecting donations from people visiting the protest sites and several people, including INLD workers, were seen giving donations and their names were announced by the organisers to encourage others for donation.
(with inputs from Neeraj Mohan)