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Jat quota agitation: After CM Khattar's appeal, protesting leaders confirm meeting today

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Jat community, who is set to launch an agitation across Delhi-NCR demanding reservation in jobs, schools and colleges, has confirmed they would meet Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today.

The development comes hours after Khattar urged protestors to meet him and other ministers ahead of the agitation.

Jat leader Yashpal Malik has confirmed the scheduled meeting with the Chief Minister at 12 p.m. today.

Earlier today, Khattar said the was serious about the issues of the Jat community and assured them of resolving the issue soon.

"On March 16, a meeting took place between the (jat) agitators and the officials, during that some confusion emerged. The government is serious about the agitators' concern. It is our foremost duty to uphold peace and fraternity in the state. We are committed to resolve this issue," Khattar said.

"Hence, I, along with other ministers, urge the agitating people to come to the Bhawan at 12 p.m. today and talk to us. I and (Minister of State for Law and Justice) P. P. Choudhary along with other ministers will be waiting. We all believe in 'eik and Haryanvi eik' and uphold the welfare of the state," he added.

Meanwhile, a total of 124 paramilitary companies have been deployed for the agitation in Haryana tomorrow.

The Police has issued a traffic advisory to the people in view of the agitation. The Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will also suspend its train services to and from all stations outside from 11.30 p.m. on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the Jat protesters announced that they will begin their stir in Delhi on March 20.

They gave a call for the march to besiege Parliament and to hold dharnas on the Delhi border, blocking all highways, to press for their demands for reservation.

Apart from reservation, the Jats have also been demanding jobs to the next of kin of those killed in violence in the agitation last year, compensation to those injured, withdrawal of cases against them and action against officers who ordered action against the Jats.

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First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 12:22 IST