Winter Session: Ruckus in Maharashtra Assembly over Muslim reservation issue

The second day of Maharashtra Assembly winter session started with chaos over the reservation issue of Muslim community

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Amid the chaos on the second day of Maharashtra Assembly winter session, the house was adjourned till Thursday. This happened on Tuesday, after the heated debate on the Muslim reservation issue. The house was adjourned earlier in the afternoon too, because of the ruckus created by the ministers.

Congress leader Aslam Sheikh and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Salim Azmi got agitated while speaking on the demands of the Muslim community for five per cent reservation. The two leaders tore and threw documents towards the speaker creating a ruckus while removing the 'whip' from its designated place. 

Addressing the state assembly, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar also informed that Bombay High Court has also suggested the reservation for Muslim Community. Pawar demanded the state government should implement the same soon. After 2014, the coalition government of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena did not follow the court's order and cancelled the Muslim reservation quota.

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While raising the issue regarding reservation of Dhangar and Maratha community, Pawar said that the state government should provide the reservation to Maratha community without hampering the existing 52 per cent reservation quota. Opposition and Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil demanded the state government to present the State Backward Class Commission’s report on Maratha reservation before the state assembly.

While talking to the media in legislative premises, Patil asserted that the opposition won't let the house function unless reservation issues of Marathas, Dhangar, and Muslim communities are discussed and the State Backward Class Commission's report is submitted. However, Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde claimed that the opposition does not want Marathas to get reservation.

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