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'It was a cordial discussion, kept politics aside': Uddhav Thackeray on a meeting with PM Modi

Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, also a part of the delegation that met PM Modi said that they have requested PM Modi to give the constitutional reservation to OBCs in politics. Thackeray also said that the delegation requested PM Modi to change the NDRF norms.

'It was a cordial discussion, kept politics aside': Uddhav Thackeray on a meeting with PM Modi
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On Tuesday, June 8, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi along with deputy CM Ajit Pawar and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan.

The meeting was held at PM’s official residence 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, Delhi. In the meeting, the Maharashtra leaders discussed range of state issues with PM Modi, including Maratha and OBC reservation, Metro car shed, GST compensation, caste-based census and classical language status for Marathi.

Addressing the media at Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi after the meeting, Thackeray said, "It was a cordial discussion between us, keeping the politics aside. We discussed various issues with the Prime Minister. He has assured us to look into them. We discussed the transfer of the Kanjur Marg plot for Metro car shed."

"We requested the PM to intervene to remove the 50 per cent cap on the reservation. We requested the PM to press for it in the court. The 50 per cent cap is affecting various reservations including OBC reservation in elections," Public Works Department minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan said outside Maharashtra Sadan.

"Centre has been empowered to decide on the reservation to backward classed. We expect Centre to take a call on it," Chavan added.

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Moreover, Thackeray also met PM Modi separately for around 10 minutes. On his separate meeting, Thackeray remarked: "We may not be politically together but that doesn’t mean our relationship has broken. ‘Main koi Nawaz Sharif se nahi milne gaya tha’ (I didn’t go to meet Nawaz Sharif)."

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, also a part of the delegation that met PM Modi said that they have requested PM Modi to give the constitutional reservation to OBCs in politics.

The Maharashtra government ministers also requested for the release of GST compensation dues of INR 24,306 crores, Pawar said. "We also requested to PM to instruct the Maharashtra Governor for the nomination of 12 members to legislative council from Governor quota," Pawar said.

Thackeray also said that the delegation requested PM Modi to change the NDRF norms for relief provided to people affected by natural calamity.

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