Maratha Reservation: Uproar over reservation issues; House adjourned till November 22

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Assembly and the Council has witnessed uproar over the issue of reservation for Maratha, Muslim, Dhangar and Lingayat on the second day of the Winter Session. The members of opposition parties cornered the state government over the same issue.  The drought issue too was witnessed by the opposition party members. Due to continues pandemonium in the House, the presiding officer of the Assembly House and Chairman of the Council House adjourned the House till Thursday. Earlier in the day, the Lower House had been adjourned for four times.

As soon as the Assembly assembled on Tuesday, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Radhakrishnan Vikhe-Patil cornered the state government over the reservation issue of Maratha. Vikhe-Patil said that the intention of the government is not right, Oopposition into confidence.  Vikhe-Patil demanded the report of Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission should be tabled before the house. He said that there is a cap of 52 per cent reservation.

The government should clarify how much per cent the state will give for reservation.  Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said that they don’t want to politicise the issue. “If the government thinks the recommendations of the commission would be tabled in the House, it would become public and can be challenged in the Court, a meeting would be called with the opposition leaders and group leaders over the issue for the deliberation,” he said.

Pawar said, “The government should ensure that 52 per cent reservation should not be touched. Other Backward Class (OBC) community has doubt about the government over Maratha quota issue. We had taken the decision over quota, but it could not be accepted by the court. Hence, we feel, at least your decision should stand before the court.”  Peasant and Workers Party MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh demanded that the government should take step for the reservation of Dhangar community.

Replying to the questions of the legislators, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil said, “I agree with the opinion of Pawar that if the report would be tabled before the house, it may be challenged in the court. But few people wanted that the reservation should not be given to Maratha community. Chief Minister had already clearly stated that 52 per cent reservation would not be touched.”

On Dhangar issue, Revenue Minister said that the issue has been dealt by the union tribal department. The government want to give the reservation to the Dhangar community as schedule tribe.
He also said that Muslim community is already getting benefits of reservation under the OBC. We don’t endorse the religion based reservation.

Dissatisfied with the answer of the minister, opposition party members staged protest in the House, shouted slogans and as it was difficult to conduct the business of the House, the pro-tem speaker first adjourned the House for two hours and latter for the whole day. The session will assemble on Thursday.

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