Cab­i­net sub-panel on Maratha reser­va­tion a timepass: Sena

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/ESTATE - AGEN­CIES

The Shiv Sena on Saturday dubbed a cab­i­net sub-com­mit­tee formed by the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment to look into the is­sue of Maratha reser­va­tion as a “timepass” and sought to know why jus­tice has not been meted out to the com­mu­nity de­spite sev­eral road shows in the state.

On Au­gust 9, lakhs of mem­bers of the Maratha com­mu­nity, staged their 58th and fi­nal ‘muk mor­cha’ (silent protest) in Mum­bai de­mand­ing reser­va­tion in jobs and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

The same day, Fad­navis an­nounced in the state assem­bly that the gov­ern­ment would ex­tend to the com­mu­nity the ed­u­ca­tional con­ces­sions that are cur­rently given to the OBCs.

He had also said the gov­ern­ment would form a cab­i­net sub-com­mit­tee, which would re­view the im­ple­men­ta­tion of var­i­ous schemes for the com­mu­nity and ac­cord­ingly, the five­mem­ber sub-com­mit­tee was an­nounced.

In an edi­to­rial in party mouth­piece ‘Saa­mana’, it said, “Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his Ja­panese coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe held a big road­show in Ahmedabad. Such road­shows have their own ben­e­fits.”

“How­ever, sev­eral road­shows, mor­chas and protests held by the Maratha com­mu­nity yielded no re­sults,” it claimed.

The party said that Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis agreed to spend Rs 30,000 crore from the state’s cof­fers to re­alise Modi’s dream of a bul­let train but al­legedly adopted the Con­gress’ pol­icy of form­ing a cab­i­net sub-com­mit­tee for Maratha reser­va­tion to kill time.

It asked if there was any time limit for the com­mit­tee and what were its pow­ers.

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