NEW DELHI: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the situation in Haryana arising out of Jat agitation for reservation and violence.
During the half-an-hour meeting, Singh gave a detailed presentation about the agitation and subsequent violence as well as the steps taken to restore normalcy in Haryana, official sources said.
The Home Minister also told the Prime Minister about the meeting he had with a delegation of Jat leaders yesterday and the decisions taken in it, sources said. Last night, Singh had announced that a committee headed by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has been formed to look into the demand for reservation in central government jobs for Jats.
BJP general secretary Anil Jain also had announced that the BJP government in Haryana will bring a legislation in the coming session of the Haryana assembly to give OBC status to Jats. The Centre today directed security forces to use force to clear all blockades put up by Jats whose violent agitation has paralysed normal life in Haryana.
Water supply to the national capital from Haryana is expected to be fully restored tomorrow after security forces took over control of the Munak canal and evicted all the Jat protesters from that place.
Violence continued to rage in Haryana today with stone-pelting mobs attacking security personnel trying to clear a road blockade and torching government vehicles even as the death toll in the nine-day old Jat quota stir was put at 16.