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Jat quota agitation reaches Delhi, protesters at Jantar Mantar

Agitating Jat leaders threatened on Thursday to disrupt supply of essential commodities to Delhi and block roads leading to the Capital if their demands for quotas in jobs and education were not met.

Protesters, who are demanding quotas in jobs and education, have threatened to intensify their stir after the Holi.

“Our movement will continue till our demands are met. The government has to find solutions,” said Yashpal Malik, the president of the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS), which is spearheading the protest. The Jats are also expected to submit a memorandum with their demands to President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday.

Malik has threatened that essential supplies may take a hit as the Jats plan to march in Delhi with their demands. “Essential supplies will be affected when march will be held in Delhi in the coming time,” Malik said.

According to Malik, several Jats from Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have joined the protests at Jantar Mantar.

Malik claimed that the protesters have started non-cooperation with the government and will not pay electricity and water bills and also the instalment of loans that they owe to the government.

As many as 30 people were killed and properties worth crores were damaged at many places in Haryana during last year’s Jat stir which had turned violent.

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