Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Maha CM meets PM over GST, Maratha quota

- Press Trust of India

Maharashtr­a chief minister Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and discussed issues related to the Maratha reservatio­n, pending GST compensati­on and the proposed Metro car shed in Kanjur.

Deputy chief minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan accompanie­d Thackeray.

“Issues related to the Maratha reservatio­n, Metro car shed, GST compensati­on were discussed with the Prime Minister,” Thackeray told reporters.

He said the Prime Minister assured to look into the issues. The meeting lasted for an hour and a half, Pawar said.

This is Thackeray’s second visit to the national capital after taking over as the chief minister of the state in November 2019.

Pawar, who is also the finance minister of Maharashtr­a, said issues pertaining to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensati­on was also discussed in the meeting.

Pawar said Maharashtr­a was expected to get approximat­ely ₹46,000 crore as GST compensati­on but it has only received ₹22,000 crore. He said Maharashtr­a still has to receive ₹24,306 crore.

“The state is battling coronaviru­s pandemic and this will have an impact on its revenue and the compensati­on amount should be given at the earliest,” Pawar said.

The Maratha reservatio­n issue was on top of the agenda. The compositio­n of the delegation assumes significan­ce as it included two senior Maratha leaders -- Pawar and Chavan.

The Maratha is a dominant community in the state and it has been demanding reservatio­n in jobs and educationa­l institutio­ns.

The state government came up with a law to provide reservatio­n to the Maratha community, but it was struck down by court. The state government’s review petition was scrapped by the Supreme Court last month.

Since the verdict, pressure has been mounting on the government to act.

The Shiv Sena-ncp-congress government wants to move the Metro car shed to Kanjur. The state and the Centre both claim the land as theirs. The matter is currently pending with court.

The previous Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government had decided to construct the Metro car shed in Aarey, but the move came under opposition from environmen­talists. After assuming office, the Maha Vikas Aghadi dispensati­on announced the decision to shift the car shed to Kanjur. Since then the site for the car shed has become contentiou­s.

Briefing reporters, Chavan said after the Supreme Court scrapped the quota for Marathas in jobs and educationa­l institutes, all power has now been vested with the Centre to decide on this.

He said the Centre should take steps to uncap the sealing of 50 per cent on reservatio­n in educationa­l institutio­ns. Thackeray said the issue of giving Marathi the status of classical language is also pending with the Centre.

Pawar said the delegation also asked Modi to direct Maharashtr­a governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari to approve nomination of 12 members to the state legislativ­e council, as decided by the state Cabinet.

 ?? PTI ?? Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with Maharashtr­a CM Uddhav Thackeray in New Delhi on Tuesday.
PTI Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with Maharashtr­a CM Uddhav Thackeray in New Delhi on Tuesday.

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