Chandigarh: Staying firm on their demands for reservation in the government job, the Jat community on Thursday announced that they won’t celebrate Holi, if the Centre does not take any concrete step in this regard.

The Centre asked for three days to think on the issue, which ends on March 20. Earlier in the meeting, Home Minister P Chidambaram had urged the Jat leaders to stop the agitation.

However, national president of the Jat committee, Yashpal Singh Malik and the chief of Haryana committee, Hawa Singh Sangwan, have refused to stop the movement till their demand for reservation is agreed upon.

Meanwhile, the committee of the agitating community had its state  executive and national executive meeting on Thursday. Giving information regarding the decision taken in the meet, Yashpal Singh Malik and Hawa Singh Sangwan said that the Centre has asked for three days which would expire on March 20. They said if their demands are not met, the agitation would be intensified, and they would also cut water, electricity and refineries supply to the national capital.

Losses to Railways

Railways is the worst hit due to the Jat’s ongoing agitation. Only Raiwadi junction has incurred a loss of 15 lakh. Station Superintendent GS Bhatti said that everyday there is a loss of two lakh due to the stir.

The Jats have blocked 12 rail lines, affecting train services on Jind-Hisar, Hisar-Jakhhal, Jaipur-Hisar, Hisar-Bathinda, Delhi-Rohtak, while trains to Ludhiana and Amritsar passing through Jind have also been affected besides the trains on Rohtak-Panipat section.