Dhangar, Muslim community demand reservation after Marathas

Muslims leaders have written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanding to provide them with five per cent reservation

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After Maharashtra government passed the Maratha reservation bill under new category SEBC (Socially and Educationally Backward Class), Dhangar and Muslim community have surrounded the Devendra Fadnavis government with their demands for the reservation quota. 

The Dhangar community which is listed under Denotified Tribe/Vimukta Jati (DT/VJ) - Nomadic Tribes (NT) has been demanding Schedule Tribe (ST) status for a while now. Meanwhile, the Muslim community has also urged the state government to provide them with five per cent reservation. 

However, after discussing the demands of Dhangar community in the cabinet meeting, Maharashtra government will soon send the report to central government. 

Dhangar community enjoys 3.5 per cent reservation under VJNT category and the community has demanded to shift their reservation quota under ST category for almost two decades now. Before the 2014 general elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) assured the community that their demands will be fulfilled. 

Earlier in 2015, the state government asked Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) to study the Dhangar community in order to identify them under ST category. Meanwhile, the opposition parties including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and others have supported the demands of Muslim and Danghar community while criticising BJP.

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