Congress gives 15-day  ultimatum to state over Maratha reservation

“There is a similar demand for quota in Maharashtra. The only thing is, we have been very patient.” radhakrishna vikhe patil  Leader of opposition in the legislative assemby, speaking about the Patels’ agitation in Gujarat

Mumbai : The state Congress unit has given an ultimatum of 15 days to the state government to reach a decision regarding reservation for the Maratha, Dhangar and Muslim communities.

Leader of Opposition in the legislative assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil addressed a press conference, here at the state party headquarters, over the issue. The state government needs to take a decision immediately and any delay may enrage the people, he said.

“We won’t let ministers move across in the state if the decision is not made within 15 days,” he added.

Former CM Narayan Rane too has appealed to Patils in Maharashtra to unite and fight for the cause of Maratha reservation.

Vikhe-Patil accused the government of apathy towards the ‘bahujan samaj’ (a term used for non-Brahmin classes). “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said the first decision his government would take after coming to power would be to grant reservation for the Dhangar community,” he said.

The BJP-Shiv Sena government also didn’t properly handle the issue of reservations for Marathas and Muslims — announced by the Congress-NCP government — and the matter was now in the Supreme Court, he said.

Referring to Patels’ agitation in Gujarat, Vikhe-Patil said, “There is a similar demand for quota in Maharashtra. The only thing is, we have been very patient.”

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