The stir for OBC reservations by Jats has once again brought to limelight the issue of political opportunism. The mainline political parties do know that providing the reservations as demanded by Jats is impossible. Still, in each election, they make promises without any substantial plan. Here are some facts:
Who are Jats?
Spread in nine states, Jats comprise at least 29 per cent of the electorate in Haryana alone.The Jat community is primarily into farming. Traditionally, they are not considered backward. They are economically and politically well off. .
So, their power quotient cannot be ignored by political parties. They are in deed kings and king makers. Ten chief ministers so far ruled since the state of Haryana is carved in 1966 and out of them seven were jats. The present CM- Manohar Lal Khattar is a Punjabi.
What’s Khattar’s offer?
Ten percent reservation along with four other castes. The basis is economic status. Khattar has promised that the government would increase the quota under EBC from existing 10 per cent to 20 per cent. Also, he proposed an increase in the annual income ceiling from Rs. 2.5 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh. However, the Jats refused to accept this and so the agitation continues.
Why Jats reject it?
They want reservation on caste-basis under OBC (Other Backward Castes).