MUMBAI: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president and former union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar has favoured a constitutional amendment to be able to grant quota for the Maratha community and has offered support to the union government to gather a requisite majority in the parliament for the cause.
Though 16 per cent reservation was granted to the Maratha community during the UPA regimen was struck down by the court, the present BJP government too has failed to fulfil its promise of granting reservation to the community within hundred days, he said.
In a series of tweet after his press conference at Kolhapur on Saturday Pawar has favoured the constitutional amendment. "Government says that there are statutory issues involved in granting reservation to the Maratha community. But, there can be a way out.
BJP controls governments both in the state as well as the centre. If they decide to amend the constitution and bring such a proposal in the parliament, the issue can be resolved," Pawar said in one of his tweets. "If the government takes any such initiative the NCP would provide them with whatever help they need. The party has said this in parliament also.
I personally will coordinate with the opposition parties to garner support for them," he added. He also blamed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and other ministers for irresponsible statements, which, he said, added fuel to the fire and escalated the Maratha rage.
"The guardian minister of Kolhapur has said that the government has audio recording of a telephone call by a political leader who spoke of releasing snakes during Ashadhi pilgrimage at Pandharpur if Chief Minister decides to go there. Name of the leader needs to be announced. Statements like these vitiate the atmosphere and prove counterproductive," Pawar said in his tweet.