Jats in Bharatpur, Rajasthan block railway line over demand for OBC quota benefits

Jaipur: Members of the Jat community blocked the Mathura-Alwar railway line in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan on Thursday, demanding grant of OBC reservation benefits to the community in Dholpur and Bharatpur.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The blockade came as the state OBC commission submitted its report to chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday.

The community members held a 'mahapanchayat' near the tracks and then blocked the railway line between Vehaj and Bedham railway stations, a GRP official said.

The protesters were led by Congress MLA Vishvendra Singh who are demanding reservation for the Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur districts.

"We have been demanding OBC reservation for Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur for the last two years. From August 2015 till today, the long pending demand has not been fulfilled. It is under rising pressure that the OBC Commission has submitted its report today. But, they have not declared when it will be implemented. We want government to come out clear," Singh told PTI.

He said that people are agitated and the blockade will continue on Friday.

A GRP official said that a goods train was stopped by the agitators near Deeg in Bharatpur.

Earlier in the day, the state OBC commission submitted its report to chief minister Vasundhara Raje at her residence in Jaipur.

The commission chairman Jitendra Goyal submitted the report in the presence of Panchayti Raj and Rural development minister Rajendra Rathore, social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi and vice chairman of the '20 point programme' Digambar Singh.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan's Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi urged the community members to call off the protest.

He said the jats should withdraw their agitation as the OBC commission today presented its report to the state government.

The minister said the state government would consider the recommendations of the commission with regards to the quota to jats in Bharatpur and Dholpur districts.

Chaturvedi said the state government is positive for reservation to jats.

Updated Date: Jun 23, 2017 08:11 AM

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