Shiv Sena, Congress demand immediate quota for Marathas; NCP says they need to be reassured

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the government must convene a special session of the state legislature to grant quota not just to Marathas but all other communities like Dhangars and Muslims.

Published: 30th July 2018 09:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2018 09:31 PM   |  A+A-

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray (File photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

MUMBAI: After a series of meetings throughout the day on Monday, the Shiv Sena and the Congress supported the demand of immediate implementation of quota for Marathas, while the NCP expressed a need for reassuring the community and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis directed bankers and government officials for speedy implementation of welfare schemes for the community.

After a meeting of Shiv Sena legislators and ministers party president Uddhav Thackeray told the media that the government should not wait for the report of the backward commission and convene a special session of the state legislature to grant quota not just to Marathas but all other communities like the Dhangars and Muslims, who have been demanding it.

Party legislators and ministers them called on CM Fadnavis to hand over a memorandum in this regard. During the meeting, party legislators expressed displeasure over former Chief Minister Narayan Rane and Saharad Pawar's statements and urged the party leadership to make a quick move over the issue. While Rane had a meeting with CM Fadnavis on Sunday and said that the community would get the quota within three months, Pawar had on Saturday said that he would support BJP government if it decides for a constitutional amendment to facilitate the quota.

The state NCP towed the same line while saying that the community needs to be reassured that their demands are being met in a systematic way. Party leaders met backward classes commission Chairman Justice (retired) MG Gaikwad and Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to appraise them of the party's views. At the Congress legislature party meeting the MLAs said that looking at the extreme rage amongst the Maratha community, they are ready to resign for the cause.

In a memorandum handed to the governor, the party said the government would be to blame if law and order deteriorated because it did not announce a decision on the quota demand immediately. On the other hand, CM Fadnavis in the SLBC meeting urged the bankers to speed up process of disbursement of various loan schemes meant for Maratha youths wherein loans between Rs 10 lakh and 50 lakh can be availed to start new businesses. He also instructed all the Bankpercolate the schemes down till branch level and treat all the cases with topmost sensitivity and assist government in giving encouragement to youths to make them job givers instead of job seekers.

In another meeting at Mantralaya Fadnavis also interacted with representatives of educational institutions for smooth implementation of government's fee reimbursement scheme that assures 50 percent reimbursement of fees for Maratha students. (EOM)

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