CM snubs Cong’s demand of reservation in promotions, move likely to strain Aghadi’s ties
The agitation began amid light rains at the memorial of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj with several MLAs and other leaders cutting across the party lines taking part in it.
The Maharashtra government had asked Dilip Bhosale, a retired Allahabad High Court judge on May 11, to study the Supreme Court's May 5 judgment cancelling quota for the Maratha community.
Saamana said that Rajya Sabha MP Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje has taken an aggressive role in the context of the Maratha reservation.
The Supreme Court recently struck down the Maharashtra law granting quota to the Maratha community in admissions and government jobs, by terming it as "unconstitutional".
“There will only be one list of socially and educationally backward classes, which may be issued by the President,” the bench ruled.
Maratha leader and BJP Rajya Sabha member Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati said that this is an unfortunate judgment for the community
The Bombay High Court on June 27, 2019, had said the 50 per cent cap on total reservations imposed by the Supreme Court could be exceeded in exceptional circumstances.
The top court is presently hearing matters through video-conferencing since March last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and it is likely to resume physical hearing in a hybrid manner soon.
In a video message, he said the Centre, while keeping its stand in the apex court, had a 'great chance to take positive steps and support Maratha reservation'.
Besides capping overall reservations, the Supreme Court in Indira Sawhney vs Union of India also laid down that economic backwardness alone can not be a criterion for quota.
The BJP and organisations of Marathas have been accusing the Sena-led government of "not doing enough" for Marathas.
The court order was passed on December 18 and a copy of it was made available on Monday.
The announcement came after Fadnavis held a meeting with BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane and his MLA son Nitesh Rane, along with some leaders of the Maratha community who are pro-reservation.
Political observers give the credit for this meteoric rise of the BJP to the Maratha route marches.