Bowing to the threat from Jat leaders of Haryana, the Union Govt. cleared the way for inclusion of Jats in the list of Backward Classes for giving them the benefits of reservation in central government services. The cabinet has asked the National Commission of Backward Classes to expedite its recommendations.
Highly placed sources told that there were vertical division in cabinet meeting on the sensitive issue. While one section was pressing for taking decision without the recommendations of National Commission of Backward Classes to please Jat community which has considerable presence in Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab and UP in wake of the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Other sections were opposing it on the grounds that it would be challenged in the court.The Cabinet accepted the recommendations of GoM for inclusion of Jats in the list of Backward Classes for Reservation in Central Services. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has welcomed the decision of Union Government for the inclusion of Jats in the Central list of OBCs in the States of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan (two districts), Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Bihar.
Hooda has thanked the UPA President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for including in Jats in the Central list of OBC. Only yesterday Hawa Sing Sangwan, hailing from Haryana who is President of All India Jat Arakshan Samiti has thundered in the Press Club, New Delhi warning the Union Govt. of disrupting the Republic Day function across Haryana and in National Capital if their demands are not met.
Inside sources of NCBC told that they are under tremendous pressure from the Central Govt. for submitting the report hurriedly without following the due process.
The Commission has outsourced the work of studying the number of Jats in various states to different organisations. In Haryana Jat population is claimed to be 22 Lakhs, which seems to be highly manipulated. According to a member involved in this process, it will take at least six months for completing the report and in the meantime schedule for Lok Sabha polls will be announced and purpose will be defeated.
Jat agitators have tacit support of Haryana Chief Minister Hooda, who has already given them reservation in State Govt. jobs. Hooda has led a deputation of Jat leaders of Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab and UP to Union Home Minister pleading their case for including their name in list of Backward Classes.
Not only this, addressing a meeting of All India Jat Mahasabha at New Delhi, Hooda had proudly declared that he was first a Jat than a Chief Minister. Despite the direction of Apex Court of the country, Hooda Govt. have been soft on Jat agitators who have blocked National Highways and Railway tracks, causing great inconvenience to public.
To become tallest leader of the Jats he is making all out efforts, although Jats have not given him much weightage in the just concluded Assembly Elections of Delhi and Rajasthan, where he was star campaigner of the Congress party.
On the directions of the Supreme Court, Backward Class Commissions were constituted at the centre and state level for considering the requests of inclusion in backward classes list. NCBC has once rejected the request of Jats. The Govt. had constituted a GoM which has managed favourable legal opinion from Kapil Sibbal that it can reconsider the request which was once rejected.