There is hope of end of 5-day anarchy in Haryana state on Monday as succumbing to the pressure of agitating jats, the BJP government, on Sunday evening, agreed to bring a bill to provide OBC status. The decision was taken in a high level meeting, attended by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Jat leaders and other officials.
After the meeting, BJP General Secretary and incharge of Haryana BJP affairs, Anil Jain said that a bill in this regard will be brought in Haryana assembly in forthcoming assembly session.
After the meeting with the Home Minister, Jat Sangharsh Samiti leader Jaipal Singh Sangwan said the discussion was very positive and he was confident that the community would accept the decisions.
The decision is like to end the five day long arson and violence in various parts of the state that caused death of ten people and injuries to over 150 people. During these days, the hysterical youth burnt several public and properties, torched large number of vehicles and blocked almost all important roads and highways in the state.
On Sunday, During the day, reports were received about the ongoing protests and fire incidents from various parts of the state. According to reports a prominent dhaba near Muruthal on NH1 was burnt while another dhaba was damaged.
There were also reports, though unconfirmed, that several miscreants also got active and under the grab of protests, they broke open several shops in Rohtak and other places and looted these.
Several people said that even though the army and para military forces had been deputed in the state but they were not given free hand to deal with the situation. The forces remained limited to conducting flag march in affected areas.
The industry body ASSOCHAM has said the ongoing violent agitation in Haryana has already caused an estimated loss of Rs 18,000-Rs 20,000 crore by way of loss to public and private property and halting trade, industry, small business and transport.
Since Haryana shares borders with Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and is the transit route to a number of national highways and trunk railway lines, the collateral damage to the economic activities to other states in terms of loss to production, transport and movement of people would add a few thousands crores more to the overall loss to the national economy.
The collateral damage has been done to businesses and industries in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh besides a huge harassment to the common man, caught in the transit.
“Hundreds of trucks with thousands of tonnes of goods and hundreds of trains , both goods and passengers have been affected. The current violent agitation would reflect in the balance sheets of not only the corporates, traders but also the state exchequers,” a release by ASSOCHAM stated.