Pune mayor’s com­ments on reser­va­tion in­vite flak

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Satya­jit Joshi

After a sec­tion of the me­dia re­ported that Pune mayor Mukta Ti­lak said Brah­min youths pre­fer to go to for­eign coun­tries be­cause of reser­va­tion in jobs in the pub­lic sec­tor and gov­ern­ment-aided ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes, Op­po­si­tion par­ties have con­demned her re­marks.

“We need to cre­ate a job at­mos­phere for them [ Brah­min youths] after their ed­u­ca­tion is over,” Ti­lak, a three-time cor­po­ra­tor from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), re­port­edly said at a func­tion in Nashik on Fri­day. The func­tion was or­gan­ised by Chit­pa­van Brah­min Sangh on the oc­ca­sion of Parashu­ram Jayanti.

With­out men­tion­ing the pro va­tion taken out by the Maratha com­mu­nity across the state, Ti­lak had al­legedly said that es­sary to take out a march, but they also un­der­stood the im­por­tance of com­ing to­gether global cit­i­zens now and they have sur­vived be­cause of their courage and in­tel­li­gence”, she was quoted as say­ing.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties, par­tic­u­larly the Na­tion­al­ist Con­gress Party (NCP), have come out strongly against her re­marks. Ji­ten­dra Awhad, NCP MLC, tweeted, “Those who suf­fered for ages be­cause of caste sys­tem, did not leave the coun­try. Those who en­joyed, went to for­eign coun­tries. Muk­tatai, this is coun­try is ours”.

The NCP’S Pune unit held a dharna in front of Ti­lak’s house in Narayan Peth, old part of Pune city. A heavy po­lice ban­dobast was de­ployed there. The Samb­haji Bri­gade has also con­demned her state­ment.

Mean­while, Ti­lak de­nied mak­ing any com­ments on reser

“BJP has al­ways sup­ported reser­va­tion and my state­ment is be­ing dis­torted”, she said.

Ti­lak said she wanted to fo­cus on the fact that no ini­tia­tives were taken in the past 60 years to at­tract lo­cal in­tel­li­gent youth who then had to set­tle in for­eign coun­tries.

A What­sapp mes­sage, in which Ti­lak is re­minded that she be­came the city’s mayor be­cause of reser­va­tion, is also do­ing the rounds.

Some also sug­gested that she should take care of reser­va­tion of lands in the city’s Devel­op­ment Plan (DP) in­stead of reser­va­tion for weaker sec­tions of the so­ci­ety.

Mukta Ti­lak be­came Pune mayor last month after the BJP won the civc elec­tions. She is a rel­a­tive of free­dom fighter Lok

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Pune mayor Mukta Ti­lak is a three­time cor­po­ra­tor from the BJP. She is a de­scen­dent of free­dom fighter Lok­manya Ti­lak

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