Mumbai: Chandrakant Patil, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and minister for Revenue alleged certain leaders were trying to provoke the Maratha community against the government even as the government was positively working for the welfare of the community.
Speaking to newspersons at Mantralaya, Patil who also heads the cabinet sub-committee formed to look into the demands of the community, stated the issue of reservations for the community is pending before the court. He alleged some leaders were deliberately trying to provoke the Maratha community as there is just one year to go for assembly elections.
Patil claimed the government is in possession of intelligence reports of certain leaders funding the press conferences of the community representatives and have been identified as they want to create unrest in the community during the election year. Patil said the government has hiked the income limit for students from Maratha community from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 6 lakh under the Economically Backward Class (EBC) category for 24 professional courses. He added the category of courses was later extended to cover 605 courses including medical and engineering and the income limit was further raised to Rs 8 lakhs.
Later replying to queries over allegations made by the family of Chantaman Wanga, late Member of Parliament (MP) of the party of neglecting them, Patil stated the party leadership is looking into the issues raised by the family of late Chintaman Wanga joining the Shiv Sena.
He said late Wanga had been legislator and MP of the party for the last 35 years. Patil said the party was discussing which of the Wanga family members should be selected as the candidate for the Palghar (ST) Lok Sabha bye-election. The senior BJP minister further ruled out the possibility of the party fielding its senior Minister for Tribal Welfare Vishnu Savara from Palghar (ST) and Minister for Energy Chandrakant Bawankule from the Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha seat.