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Maratha Reservation: Devendra Fadnavis accuses MVA of not being serious

While alleging that the MVA excluded all parties in discussions regarding reservation, Fadnavis slammed the state government saying that the efforts made for the upliftment of the Maratha community have been turned upside down.

Maratha Reservation: Devendra Fadnavis accuses MVA of not being serious
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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis has accused the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of not being serious about the issue of Maratha reservation since inception. 

“During the tenure of our government, we worked day and night to provide reservation to Maratha community. We gave the legal basis to the statewide reservation demand considering that it could not be maintained only through legislation. Bombay High Court upheld the reservation, but we are distress by the decision of the Supreme Court,” Fadnavis said. 

His remarks come after the 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.

While alleging that the MVA excluded all parties in discussions regarding reservation, Fadnavis slammed the state government saying that the efforts made for the upliftment of the Maratha community have been turned upside down.

“This is the culmination of the state government's reckless, insensitive handling. From the beginning, the government ignored the court process. Sometimes the lawyer did not show up, sometimes the submissions were not done in time. Backward Classes Commission has not been constituted for seven months,” he asserted. 

Although the decision halts admissions under Maratha quota this year, the bench said that admission to post-graduate courses will not be altered and those who have already taken benefit of the Maratha reservation shall not be disturbed. 

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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