One of the main contentions in the petitions is that the Maratha quota takes the overall reservation in the state to 68 per cent, breaching the cap of 50 per cent imposed by the Supreme Court.
The community feels cheated on all levels and hence over 3 crore pamphlets proclaiming that the ‘Lotus has cheated us’ would be distributed across the state during Lok Sabha election.
'Maratha reservation is exclusive. This one community has been treated as special,' said senior counsel Srihari Aney, appearing for Uday Dhople, one of the petitioners.
Several petitions were filed in HC challenging the November 30, 2018 decision of Maharashtra government granting 16% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for Marathas.
The state government shall till then not make any appointment in any of its departments under the new legislation, the court said.
The high court had earlier this month chided the government for issuing an advertisement for job recruitment even as petitions challenging the legislation are pending.
The HC said such "irreverent situations" should be avoided and that the government should give courts some "breathing space" to hear the petitions.
Pawar cited a reported statement of BJP chief Amit Shah and asked Fadnavis if he will defy his party chief in granting quota to the influential community.
In the last budget session of the state legislature, Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced that 72,000 vacant posts will be filled in two phases.
During the violence, 60 vehicles, including public transport buses had been ransacked and torched, while police personnel were also attacked.
In an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', the Sena said the Marathas should get the reservation with "due respect".
Haryana which offers 67 per cent reservations, used to be second in the list, followed by Telangana where the quantum of quota rose to 62 per cent last year, an official said.
The report said presence of Maratha community in pursuit of academic career as professors and such other positions of academic excellence is marginal.
The bill provides for reservation of seats for admission in educational institutions and posts in public services to Marathas who have been declared as socially and educationally backward class.
The meeting of the state Cabinet sub-committee, headed by Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, over the issue was held late Wednesday evening after being postponed twice in the day.