Hooda credits Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for backing Jat community reservation

New Delhi,Dec.23 : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday creditted Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice president Rahul Gandhi for backing the demand for job reservation for the country's Jat community.

Hundreds of Jat leaders led by Hooda, met Rahul Gandhi on Monday to express their gratitude for granting them government jobs and jobs in educational institutions.

Hooda said that he appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for supporting their cause.

"This was their right and they have been granted their right by the UPA government. I am grateful to Soniaji, Dr. Manmohan Singhji and Rahul Gandhiji, who helped in giving them their rights," said Hooda.

The Jat leaders expressed joy over being grated the OBC (other backward classes) status, which was their long impending demand.

"We have thanked Rahul Gandhi. He has done such a big thing for us. Our right was taken away from us for a long time. We have got that right for OBC (other backward classes) reservation and we have requested them to get our notification done as soon as possible. And he has assured us. We are grateful to him," said national head, organisation for Jat reservation, O.P. Sandhu.

Gandhi came out to greet the leaders outside his residence in New Delhi.

The Jat leaders had yesterday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi to express their gratitude.

Earlier on December 19, the Indian government directed the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBCs) to take an expeditious decision on giving quota to the Jat community.

The government had not given any deadline to the commission to give its report.

At present, Jats are enjoying reservation in several states including central Madhya Pradesh, northern Uttar Pradesh, northwestern Rajasthan, northern Punjab and Delhi but they were denied these benefits at the federal government level.

--ANI (Posted on 24-12-2013)

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