Amit Shah to camp in Haryana for three days, to tackle Jat agitation issue and others

Shah has also decided to take head-on the issue of Jat agitation for reservation in Central government jobs by camping in the den of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Published: 12th May 2017 10:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2017 10:49 PM   |  A+A-

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah. | Express

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NEW DELHI:Apparently firm that the Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar would not be replaced despite factionalism in the state unit of the party, the BJP chief Amit Shah will camp in the state for three days to send out the message loud to the trouble-makers to mend their ways. Shah has also decided to take head-on the issue of Jat agitation for reservation in Central government jobs by camping in the den of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and going aggressive in selling the proposed constitution of the Other Backward Caste (OBC) Commission.

“It’s true that the BJP ranks in Haryana have been regularly talking at cross-purposes against the chief minister. There is a sense that the bureaucracy too is not aggressively pushing the government agenda by picking signals from the reports of dissension against the chief minister. The BJP chief during his three days stay in the state beginning from the den of Hooda in Rohtak from July 4-6 will firmly tackle all such issues, with a clear message to all that there would be no change of the chief minister,” sources close to the BJP chief said.

The BJP chief is apparently of the view that the Jat agitation in the state for reservation had been fuelled by Hooda and his supporters. “That the agitation was mostly centred around Rohtak, Jind, Sonipat males the political motif of the Congress clear. Therefore, Shah will begin his stay in the state from Rohtak as part of the Deen Dayal Vistar Karyakram. He will openly deal with the issue of reservation,” sources added.

The BJP is bracing up to turn the table on to the proponents of the Jat reservation issue with the claims that the legislative proposal to grant the Constitutional status to the OBC Commission had been stalled by the Congress. Incidentally, the Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha, is awaiting the Rajya Sabha nod after the Upper House during the Budget session referred it to the Select Committee. “Once the OBC Commission is set up, it will be the sole institution carrying out social survey to authenticate the backwardness of castes and the Parliament will act on its recommendations,” said a senior BJP functionary.

Incidentally, the Haryana chief minister’s term has since beginning been rocked by the agitation for reservation by Jat leaders. With Shah directly lending weight behind Khattar, the BJP leaders hope that the party will gain peace within the state unit, besides spurring the bureaucracy to implement the government’s agenda expeditiously.

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