Maratha Reservation: Special session for Maratha quota in February: Eknath Shinde | India News


NAGPUR: Chief minister Eknath Shinde announced in the assembly on Tuesday that his government would grant reservation to the Maratha community at a special session of the state legislature to be convened in February.
Winding up discussion on quota issue that lasted two days with over 74 MLAs participating, Shinde said the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission was working “on a war footing to collect empirical data” and evidence that would ensure legally foolproof and long-lasting reservation.”After submission of the commission’s report in a month from now, we will scrutinize the contents through our law and judiciary department and table it in the cabinet before the special session. Based on this report, reservation will be granted,” he said.
Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange, said he was firm on the December 24 deadline given to the state government and said protests would be launched if reservation were not granted by deadline. Reiterating that the BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP (Ajit Pawar) government was committed to granting reservation, Shinde listed steps taken by this government and the earlier Devendra Fadnavis-led government to defend Maratha quota in the Supreme Court.”Those in direct blood relation in families registered as Kunbis before 1967 will get benefit,” he said about steps already taken to provide Kunbi certificates and pointed out that the labourer and farmer sections within the community living in remote areas would largely be beneficiaries.
He said, “A window of opportunity is still open in the Supreme Court in the form of a curative petition filed by us. We have roped in a battery of renowned senior lawyers, including Harish Salve, Mukul Rohatgi, Tushar Mehta and others to defend our stand. We are also taking help of legal experts, particularly those who had helped us to defend the reservation in the Bombay high court. We have constituted their (legal experts’) task force. Through the commission, we will provide more detailed survey reports along with the empirical and statistical data to the SC.” Criticising the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government led by Uddhav Thackeray for not taking the quota issue seriously, the CM said they will remove all discrepancies pointed out by the SC while rejecting reservation on May 5, 2021 (when MVA was in office).
(With inputs from PTI)


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