New Delhi: In what could prove to be yet another flashpoint between Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) allies Shiv Sena and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that ‘no proposal on Muslim reservation is before the Maharashtra government,’ news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Also Read - Maharashtra Govt to Provide 5% Quota to Muslims in Education, Says NCP's Nawab Malik
The Chief Minister’s comment comes just days after NCP leader and state minority affairs minister Nawab Malik said that the government would provide 5% quota to Muslims in education institutes.
Today, speaking to reporters at the state Assembly in south Mumbai, the Sena chief said, ” No proposal has come to me regarding Muslim reservation. When it comes to us, we will check its validity. We have not taken any decision on it as yet.”
Congress, the third and junior-most member of the MVA alliance, too, supports Muslim reservation.
To the BJP-led opposition, CM Uddhav said, “Those who are creating a ruckus on the issue should save their energy for when the issue comes up for discussion. The issue has not come up yet. The Shiv Sena has not clarified its position yet. Let us see when the proposal comes up.”
The Sena and the ideologically opposite NCP-Congress combine came together last November after the former’s split with its ally of over thirty years, the BJP, over the saffron party’s refusal to share the Chief Minister’s chair. The Sena-BJP combine had won a clear majority in the state Assembly polls in October 2019, which they contested in a prepoll alliance.
Of late, however, there have been several flashpoints between the Sena on one side and NCP-Congress on the other over issues such as handing over of the Bhima-Koregaon case probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)-National Population Register (NPR).