After the Gujjars, it is the Jats from the two districts of Bharatpur and Dholpur who are seeking reservation benefits. Vishvendra Singh, a former minister in the cabinet of Ashok Gehlot met the Chief Minister to press the demand for Jat reservations.
In the year 1999, the Atal Behari Vajpayee’s NDA government gave reservation to Jats but those of Bharatpur and Dholpur were not included as beneficiaries.
While Jats from other regions were given the Other Backward Class (OBC) status, those from Bharatpur and Dholpur were omitted. It was because the Jats of the region were the former rulers of the same.
Jats initially rejected reservation
Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is a scion of the Dholpur royal family. The Jats from the region were keen not to seek reservation then as they were economically sound and thought doing so as former rulers would be tantamount to lowering their community.
But after the Gujjars started the agitation for reservation, the Bharatpur-Dholpur Jats are also seeking reservation on the plea that only the Bharatpur and Dholpur royal families were rich and prosperous while a large number of Jats from the region are poor and some fall in the BPL category.
Vishvendra Singh said that after the economic surveys of the Jats of the two districts, it was found that they were worthy of getting reservation but the decision to give them reservation was changed in 2013 and they were not considered in the category.
Again in 2017, the Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur were granted reservation, but this was confined to the state and the Centre did not approve the same. Thus, while the state government recognised the Jats from the two districts, the Union government is yet to approve their inclusion in the OBC under the Central list.
Vishvendra Singh said Gehlot assured the community that he would write to the Union government in the matter.
The mahapanchayat of the Jats from the region during its meeting recently had raised the issue of reservation and threatened to go on agitation if their demands were not met.
(Image: Gujjar agitation for representation purpose)
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