Muzaffarnagar : As Uttar Pradesh polls coming up next month, a Jat outfit along with khap panchayats in communally sensitive western UP, have planned to campaign against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Jat community in Haryana and Western UP have strong hold of vote, they are upset with governments, their demand of reservation is yet to be accepted. On Sunday, the Jat group ‘Akhil Bhartiya Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti ‘(ABJASS), which spearheaded the Jat reservation agitation in Haryana last year, held a ‘Jat Sankalp Rally’ in Muzaffarnagar district of western UP and requested all members of the community to vote for the strongest non-BJP candidate in their respective constituencies.
According to source Jats got around 8-9% of the state’s population, their concentration in key assembly seats in western UP makes them an important voting group.
The ‘Jat Sankalp Rally which was held in Muzaffarnagar’s Kharad village on sunday, is also the native village of ABJASS national president Yashpal Malik. ABJASS has called on khap panchayats from all over the region, man.
Speaking to reporter, president of ABJASS Maour people for political gains and vote bank. They also filed false cases against thousands of Jats and even used some of their party workers to unleash violence against us.”
“Last year, after Jat agitation, I personally met PM Narendra Modi who assured us that reservations would be given to Jats, but since then i have not seen government fulfilling its promise. They will now learn that Jats across the country are united and stand in solidarity with each other. If they oppress and deny the right of Jats in Haryana, their brothers in western UP will not stay silent. Jats here will vote against the BJP en mass,” he added.
Malik said western UP has hold of key in the upcoming UP elections and claimed that Jats hold the “swing vote” in at least 125 constituencies here. “In many seats, Muslims and Dalits are present in large numbers here in wester UP part. And Muslim and Dalits groups never vote for the BJP so BJP have been relying on Jats and used us for vote politics to win in this region. They had been winning the Jat vote in western UP by creating communal tension. If Jats abandon them, which they will, then BJP will not even win 10 seats in west UP,” he said.
Meanwhile,The BJP has rejected the claim that it was ‘anti-Jat’. BJP MP from Baghpat and prominent Jat leader Satyapal Singh said, “I understand the concerns that Malik sahib has. All their demands are valid and the government is working towards resolving them. However, it is inaccurate to say that BJP has been betrayed Jats in any way. We stand with all sections of society that have been left behind in the development process.”
With PTI inputs