Mumbai: A day after the Maharashtra Assembly passed a Bill for Maratha reservation in socially and economically backward category, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) announced that it would be approaching the Mumbai High Court for Muslim reservation in the state. (Also read: Implementation of Maratha Quota Bill Remains a Tightrope Walk)

AIMIM’s Imtiyaz Jalil told the agency, “We won’t challenge it (Maratha reservation) but will go to the court with new facts for Muslim reservation.”

On Thursday, the Maharashtra Assembly unanimously passed the Bill proposing 16 per cent reservation for Marathas under socially and educationally backward category. 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 of citizens.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who tabled the Bill, thanked Opposition members for helping in the passage of the Bill unanimously. He also tabled the action taken report (ATR) on the State Backward Class Commission’s (SBCC) recommendations for reservation to the Maratha community in government jobs and education, along with the recommendations of the SBCC’s report on social, educational and financial status of the Maratha community.

Marathas have been declared as socially and educationally backward class of citizens (SEBC) and have inadequate representation in services under the state, the panel report said. They are entitled to reservation benefits and advantages enshrined in the Articles 15(4) and 16(4) of the Constitution, it said.

The panel had suggested that looking at exceptional circumstances and extra-ordinary situations generated on declaring Marathas as socially and educationally backward and their consequential entitlement to reservation benefits, the government may take appropriate decision within constitutional provision to address the emerging scenario in the state.