Mumbai, Aug 6: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday addressed the Maratha community and announced that the state government would require time till November-end to decide on the reservation to be granted to the Maratha community. While addressing the community via state television and radio, Fadnavis said that his government would be “in a position to complete all statutory requirements for reservation by November-end.”
Fadnavis’ statement came after a few Maratha leaders suggested that an ordinance to provide quota to the community be issued. Reacting to it, the Maharashtra CM said it won’t stand the legal test. He said, “The Supreme Court has laid down guidelines for gauging economic backwardness before extending caste-based reservation. Unless these are met, any reservation extended will not stand the legal test.”
He further said that the decision has been taken as the report on the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC) on the issue was pending. Adding to it, he said the MSBCC would submit its report latest by August 7, that is tomorrow. Once that is done, a special session of the state Legislature would be convened to pass a law or resolution regarding granting reservation for the community. All this would be ensured in a month’s time.
Fadnavis further asked the community leaders to come forward for a dialogue after making the announcement. After Fadnavis’ announcement, the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) which has been protesting about the reservation status to the community, said the protests will continue and a march in Mumbai would be held on August 9. The MKM leaders however said that no violence will be there during the march or the protests.
Reacting to Fadnavis’ statement, MKM state coordinator Nanasaheb Kute Patil said, “This is not the first time the state government has declared a deadline for giving reservation. They have never stuck to those deadlines.” Regarding the dialogue, the leaders of MKM said they would give it a second thought.