The second phase of the Jat quota agitation, which entered its 14th day on June 18, will reportedly be called off on Sunday at 5 p.m. after the All India Jat Aarkshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) agreed to end it following a marathon meeting between Yashpal Malik, AIJASS president, and Krishan Lal Panwar, Haryana minister, in New Delhi.
"The Haryana government has accepted almost all our demands and assured us it will resolve our issues within the ambit of the law... The state government has been given time till Aug. 31 to resolve our issues," Malik was quoted as saying in a report by Indian Express.
According to the Hindustan Times, Malik put forward a "10-point demand charter" which the Haryana government has agreed to. Representatives from the AIJASS on Saturday had a meeting with government officials to come to a conclusion, a statement issued by BS Ahlawat, national general secretary of the AIJASS, said.
"The state government has been given time till August 31 to resolve our issues," Malik was quoted by IE as saying.
The demands include withdrawal of the criminal cases, including the sedition case against Malik in Jind, which were registered against the Jats during the violent clashes in February and the current agitation, HT reported. The charter also demands that the government provide financial compensation to those who were killed and injured during the February clashes.
However, the IE reported that the AIJASS has also demanded the release of "innocent youths" who were arrested during the protests in February, job opportunities for the next of kin of those who were killed, and government efforts to remove the stay on Jat reservation in Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Other demands, according the HT report, include action against Rajkumar Saini, BJP MP from Kurukshetra for his anti-Jat comments, talks with the Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu-led committee to consider the demand for Jat quota in jobs of the central government, and at once include the Jat quota law in the Ninth Schedule to the Constitution to keep it from judicial review.
"Our demonstrations will continue on June 19. We will suspend our agitation at 5 pm tomorrow. Our representatives will go to the demonstration sites and inform protesters about the outcome of today's meeting and our future course of action," Malik saiwas quoted by the IE as saying.
The daily quoted Malik as saying that a rally will be held on September 13 in Rohtak's Mayyar village to decide the future course of action after taking a look at the action taken by the government on the demands.