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Jat blockade withdrawn; talks fail
Published on 20 Mar. 2011 12:24 AM IST
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The Jats, agitating for job quota, today withdrew their fortnight-long blockade from the railway tracks following an Allahabad High Court order, but a crucial meeting between the protesters and the government failed to find an amicable solution to the demand.
Emerging from a meeting with Home Minister P Chidambaram and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Mukul Wasnik, All India Jat Aarakshan Samiti chief Yashpal Malik said they have decided to allow movement of trains following yesterday’s Allahabad High court order and removed tents from the tracks.
“The government accepted that the demand of job quota for the Jats is justified. But the government did not give any commitment on the time-limit on implementation of our demand,” he told reporters outside the Home Ministry amidst sloganeering by his supporters.
Malik said that as of now their agitation was continuing and would decide about their course of action after holding a meeting with the community elders soon.

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