Haryana BJP MP threatens to quit if Jats given quota

Chandigarh : Taking a stand contrary to his party, BJP MP from Haryana Raj Kumar Saini on Sunday threatened to resign from parliament if the Jat community was given reservation by the government.

The BJP MP from Kurukshetra told media that he was against the reservation for Jats.

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“People should stop doing politics on the issue of reservation for Jats. No report on reservation submitted in the past has recommended reservation for Jats. I am opposed to any such move,” Saini said.

“I will quit from my post over this issue,” he asserted but added if he would not leave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Supreme Court had, last month, quashed a central government notification of January 2014 allowing reservation for the Jat community.

The BJP-led central government is likely to seek a review of the apex court decision.

The Jat community is politically strong in nine states, including Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP government in Haryana has officially supported reservation for Jats. Top Haryana Jat leaders recently facilitated a meeting of Jat community leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah over the issue following the apex court order.