Mumbai: Upset at the decision of the state government to grant 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community, the Other Backward Classes Sangharsh Samiti has decided to challenge the reservation quota in a court. Speaking to the media, J D Tandel, vice president of the Panvel-Uran-Agri Samaj Mandal said, “The new socially and educationally backward class (SEBC) introduced by the government to grant quota to the Marathas will certainly affect the existing reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Hence, we have decided to approach the court.” Tandel, also the leader of the OBC Sangharsh Samiti said he has reservations about the government’s intentions. The OBCs would teach the government a lesson in the Lok Sabha and assembly polls, he threatened. Another OBC leader, Bhushan Bare of the Kunbi Samaj Unnatti Sangh said the government should conduct a caste-wise census in the state. “How can we believe there are 30 per cent Marathas in the state? The number is definitely less than that, so the government should conduct a caste-wise census across the state to get an idea of the population,” said Bare. –