UP Polls: Jat leaders demand Bharat Ratna for Chaudhary Charan Singh after meeting Amit Shah. More details inside
Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with Jat leaders in the national capital on Wednesday.
New Delhi: Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with Jat leaders in the national capital on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Union minister Sanjeev Balyan, state minister Bhupendra Chaudhary and other senior leaders.
After the meeting, an attendee told ANI news agency, "We have demanded Bharat Ratna for [former PM] Chaudhary Charan Singh, reservation for Jats and proportionate representation in central and UP governments. The home minister has responded positively."
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had held meetings with Jat leaders before the elections in 2014 and 2017. Before the first phase of polling to be held in Uttar Pradesh on February 10, today's meeting of Shah with Jat leaders is considered important.
The contest in Western Uttar Pradesh has become very challenging for BJP especially after Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) formed an alliance. In today's meeting, many Jat leaders from different areas of western Uttar Pradesh have participated.
BJP has so far announced the names of 204 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. These include around 80 OBC leaders and more than one and a half dozen Jat candidates. Similarly, RLD has fielded more than 10 Jat leaders in its list of 33 candidates.
Today's meeting also carries significance as after the 13-month-long farmers' agitation, it is believed that the Jat community in western Uttar Pradesh is angry with the current BJP government. The meeting can be seen as an effort to quell the resentment among the Jat community against BJP. However, the BJP leaders are categorically denying that Jat leaders are angry against the party.
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