So the Jats had the last laugh.
The Haryana Assembly on Tuesday unequivocally and unanimously passed the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in services and admission in educational institutions) Bill 2016 and Haryana Backward Classes Commission Bill 2016.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal himself tabled both bills in the Assembly.
Jats will now get what they violently agitated for. The reservation bill gives Jats and five other backward castes quota in services and admissions in educational institutions.
The backward classes have been trifurcated into three blocks – A, B and C. Jats, Jat Sikhs, Ror, Bishnoi, Tyagi and Mulla or Muslim Jat are in Block C.
According to government run Prasar Bharti, they’ll get a 10 per cent reservation in class 3 and class 4 posts and six percent in class 1 and class 2 posts.
The smart Congress legislators kept themselves away from the session.
The Jat agitation was one of the most shameful cases of arson in the country. Some 30 people were killed and 320 injured in the nine days of February during which property worth hundreds of crores of rupees was destroyed.
To force the Haryana government on its knees, the Jats also damaged the Munak canal one of the main water source for neighbouring Delhi.
It was only when the Army was called in that the agitations came under control.
The Haryana CM claimed that the passage of the bill was a “historic day” for his state and praised his government for keeping the “promise” made to the Jats.
But BJP MP from Kurukshetra Rajkumar Saini differed:
Under pressure today democracy has been murdered-BJP MP Rajkumar Saini on Jat Quota Bill passed in Haryana Assembly pic.twitter.com/hGPYL94Qco
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 29, 2016
The Jats had threatened another round of agitations if the Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP Government in Haryana failed to meet their demand by March 31. Before this too they had repeatedly threatened the government with more agitations.
Indian Express reports that Jats will now be holding a meeting in Delhi on April 3 to decide upon a “future course of action”.