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Government stands firm with Maratha community: CM Uddhav Thackeray

Thackeray requested the Maratha community not to organise protests as the government stands firm with them on the issue while saying that they are fighting the matter in court and haven’t given up on it.

Government stands firm with Maratha community: CM Uddhav Thackeray
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After the Supreme Court ordered stay on the implementation of Maratha reservation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that his government stands firm with the Maratha community and is fighting the matter in court.

While addressing the citizens via video conference, the Chief Minister said that the decision to stay the implementation of Maratha reservation was “unexpected”. He, however, said that his government will fight for justice while urging the Maratha community to not organise protests. 

“The Maharashtra government is making efforts to provide reservation to Maratha community. The Supreme Court’s decision to stay implementation of Maratha reservation was unexpected and not required as the matter has been referred to a larger bench,” Thackeray said. 

He requested the Maratha community not to organise protests as the government stands firm with them on the issue while saying that they are fighting the matter in court and haven’t given up on it. 

Thackeray’s remarks come amid calls for protest from various Maratha outfits. He said that even Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis has assured his cooperation to the government on Maratha reservation issue. 

The Chief Minister said that the government is holding talks with senior counsels in order to make a stronger case against the interim stay on the implementation of Maratha reservation. 

On Wednesday, Supreme Court stayed the implementation of Maratha reservation law which granted quota in jobs and education for candidates belonging to the Maratha community in Maharashtra. It said that there will be no Maratha reservation for jobs or college admission for now. 

Meanwhile, the issue of the validity of 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community under Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act of 2018 has been referred to a larger bench. 

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