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Bring an ordinance to provide reservation for Dhangar community: OBC leader Prakash Shendge

Shendge, former MLA and OBC Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti President, clarified that the OBC community is not against Maratha reservation and has always supported the cause.

Bring an ordinance to provide reservation for Dhangar community: OBC leader Prakash Shendge
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Other Backward Classes (OBC) leader Prakash Shendge has demanded the Maharashtra government to bring an ordinance to provide reservation for Dhangar community. He has also warned the Uddhav Thackeray government not to including Marathas under OBC category while saying that the 27 per cent reservation quota for OBC shall remain intact. 

“The OBC community has always supported the Maratha reservation. However, the Marathas shouldn’t be listed under OBC category. If this happens, conflict in Maharashtra is inevitable,” Shendge said while addressing a press conference in Mumbai. 

Shendge, former MLA and OBC Sangharsh Samanvay Samiti President, clarified that the OBC community is not against Maratha reservation and has always supported the cause. However, the Maratha community should be given a reservation under a separate category and not be included under OBCs. 

Ahead of the 2019 Maharashtra assembly polls, the state government had assured the Dhangar community that they will get a reservation. Shendge, however, said that no one was speaking about the cause of OBCs and Dhangar community. 

“Maratha organisations have tried to explain how the OBC reservation is illegal. Some Maratha leaders are making provocative statements. This is completely wrong. We already had the idea that the validity of Maratha reservation would be challenged by the Supreme Court. We are not again the Maratha reservation. We are against the OBC reservation for Marathas,” he said. 

Earlier, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar hinted that the Maharashtra government might bring an ordinance to override the Supreme Court’s order on Maratha reservation. The apex Court recently stayed the implementation of Maratha quota while referring the matter to a larger bench.

Reacting to this, Shendge said that an ordinance should be brought to provide reservation to the Dhangar community. The OBC leader further said that if all the demands of OBCs are not met by September 30, they will launch a statewide agitation.

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