State tells High Court it’s looking to provide 1 per cent job reservation
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 descendant of Maratha King Shivaji said the state government should do whatever in its capacity to ensure that the community gets justice.
Pawar's comments came two days after a committee headed by a HC judge recommended that the state govt file a review petition against the SC decision.
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.
As per the Maharashtra government, the Maratha community can avail benefits of reservation under 10 per cent economically weaker sections quota in government jobs and education.
Saamana said that Rajya Sabha MP Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje has taken an aggressive role in the context of the Maratha reservation.
The Maharashtra government had not stopped its efforts to provide quota to the Maratha community, CM Uddhav Thackeray said.
Speaking to reporters at the Nagpur airport, the former chief minister also accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of passing the buck on the Maratha quota issue.
The Congress leader expressed concern over the Supreme Court’s reported remarks that States could not decide the BCs list.
Senior BJP leader Ashish Shelar said all leaders should keep aside their egos and work for the welfare of the Maratha community.
When the Supreme Court sought the opinions of all the States on Maratha reservation case, the Telangana government requested the Apex Court to lift the 50 per cent upper limit.
In a statement after the apex court verdict, Thackeray said, "With folded hands, we request the prime minister and the president to take an immediate decision on Maratha quota."
It also refused to refer the 1992 Mandal judgement, setting a 50 per cent cap on reservation, to a larger bench for reconsideration.