Thane: Maratha Kranti Morcha protesters vandalise a poster of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during their statewide bandh, called for reservations in jobs and education, in Thane on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad) (PTI7_25_2018_000060A)(PTI7_25_2018_000224B) *** Local Caption ***
Thane: Maratha Kranti Morcha protesters vandalise a poster of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during their statewide bandh, called for reservations in jobs and education, in Thane on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad) (PTI7_25_2018_000060A)(PTI7_25_2018_000224B) *** Local Caption ***

Mumbai: Distressed at the State government’s ‘complacency’ on the Maratha reservation issue, two legislators from Aurangabad — one from the ruling Shiv Sena and the other from the opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) – on Wednesday tendered their resignations to the Legislative Assembly Speaker.

The two MLAs are Harshavardhan Jadhav, Sena legislator from Kannad, and Bhausaheb Patil-Chikatgaonkar, NCP legislator from Vaijapur Assembly constituency. Both belong to Aurangabad district, the epicentre of the Maratha reservation stir. Jadhav has demanded that the government should promulgate an Ordinance and later enact a legislation providing for the quota. He feels the State government should immediately call a special session of the legislature to discuss the issue.

Jadhav had tendered his resignation twice in the past as well on different issues, but they were not accepted by the erstwhile Speakers. Chikatgaonkar similarly chastised the government for its apathy even after the suicide of reservation activist Kakasaheb Shinde, who ended his life by plunging into the Godavari. “I will be tendering my resignation via e-mail and also submitting it in person to the Speaker on Thursday,” he said.

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