Mumbai: The negligent attitude and sheer apathy shown by the Maha Vikas Aghadi has led to the Supreme Court rejecting the state’s review petition on OBC reservation in local body elections, the BJP has blamed.
With the SC’s rejection, reservation given to OBCs in local body elections has come to an end. This has happened despite several reminders and follow-ups with the state government, leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis has alleged.
In a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Fadnavis alleged that the state was never serious on the issue of reservation to OBCs. It became evident when the state sought different dates for hearing on eight occasions and this happened within 15 months of time. During one of the hearings, the SC had suggested that the state should justify the reservation by appointing the backward class commission and working on empirical data. But nothing in this direction was done by the state government, he has alleged.
Fadnavis has also said that he raised the issue on the floor of the state assembly on March 5 this year. "Even during a meeting chaired by you (the CM), I advocated a need for the appointment of the backward class commission in the presence of the state advocate general, secretary of the law and judiciary department and other officials. Despite that, nothing was done and now with the SC judgment, not a single seat can be kept reserved for the OBCs in local body elections.
He has also appealed to the state government to initiate necessary steps to provide political reservation to OBCs.