We have seven issues: Jat leader Yashpal Malik on quota agitation

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The Delhi Police has issued a traffic advisory to the people in view of the agitation.

In a bid to pacify the agitating Jat community, who is set to hold protests across the state demanding reservations in government jobs, colleges and schools, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier in the day, urged the protestors to meet him and other state ministers at the Haryana Bhawan here.

Delhiites can heave a sigh of relief as Jat protesters have postponed "Delhi gherao" after talks with the Haryana Government.

The Jat agitation which was to be started across Delhi-NCR region on March 19, has been deferred. AIJASS president Yashpal Malik told Express, "We have chose to postpone the agitation to gherao Parliament on March 20, after the assurance by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to fulfill all of our demands".

The decision was reached at meetings held between Khattar and Jat leaders.

According to sources, the government did not want to repeat a situation which had created bedlam three decades ago in 1988 when Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders had seized the India Gate with lakh of supporters to press their demand.

Keeping in mind the large-scale protests on Monday, prohibitory orders were earlier clamped in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to stop the Jat protesters from entering the national capital. We got reservation at least four times but because of unjustified action, and partisan court rules, we could never get it'. "The state government has agreed to our demands", Mr Malik told reporters after the meeting. When the agitators were told to leave their weapons behind, a young protestor threw a wooden log at Singh, injuring him. He said, 'government had to come to a conclusion on this'.

Internet services, which had been suspended in many "sensitive" districts of Haryana, were restored on Sunday evening after the Jats called off their proposed march to Delhi on Monday.

He added that the community will call off its dharna from most of the places in the state, barring few where it will continue with symbolic protests.

Besides reservations in government jobs and educational institutions, the Jats are also calling for charges to be dropped against last year's agitators and that government jobs be given to the next of kin of the men killed in last year's demonstrations.

Violence during the agitation a year ago had left 30 people dead and over 200 injured.



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