Chandrakant Patil claims MVA not serious about Maratha Reservation

Chandrakant Patil claims MVA not serious about Maratha Reservation

BJP continues to slam Thackeray government regarding the Maratha reservation issue. Talking to reporters in Kolhapur on Tuesday, BJP state president Chandrakant Patil said, "Today’s happenings in Supreme Court are a clear indication that the MVA government is not serious about reservations for Marathas. By its actions, it’s not just the Maratha community but the entire state is being held to ransom

He accused that the role of the state government regarding Maratha reservation is doubtful and even pointed out that the public prosecutor was not present at the Supreme Court hearing.

These remarks were passed by Patil after the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing on Maratha reservation by four weeks. 

Patil mentioned that at the time of hearing in the Supreme Court, no one representing was present there. "What do you call it? It turned out that there was no coordination among government lawyers. Why didn't the Minister go to Delhi and interact with the lawyers before the hearing on such an important issue?" He mentioned that there was confusion in the employment and education sectors. Admissions to Std XI and medical colleges have been put on hold and MPSC exams have been postponed. All this has created an atmosphere of confusion. 

It is noteworthy, that a hearing on this matter was also held last month in which the apex court had put a stay on the implementation of 2018 Maharashtra law granting reservation to Marathas in education and jobs. However, the Supreme Court had made it clear that the status of those who have availed of the benefits will not be disturbed.

The Uddhav Thackeray government has been facing the ire of the Maratha community and this decision by SC has caused a stir. After the decision was made, the citizens were awaiting to understand about the hearing while allegations were being levelled against the government. However, they expressed the displeasure when the hearing was being held before the bench which adjourned the Maratha reservation.

The hearing on Tuesday was the first hearing on the reconsideration petition and it started at 11 am, however, the court adjourned the hearing for some time due to the absence of public prosecutor Mukul Rohatgi. It later resumed after Rohatgi appeared. 

The government had demanded that the Maratha reservation case should be heard before a five-judge bench instead of a three-judge bench. Justice Nageshwar Rao agreed with senior advocate Kapil Sibal and adjourned the hearing on Maratha reservation for four weeks. 

As a result, the government has got time to go to the bench of 5 justices and make a listing for it

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