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Will back Maratha reservation demand: Mahashtra BJP

india Updated: Oct 05, 2016 22:38 IST
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Maratha community members at a protest rally demanding reservation, and justice for Kopardi rape victim, in September. (Hindustan Times file)

Maharashtra BJP would support the demand of Maratha reservations without changing the existing quota for other communities, the party said on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters at the end of the first day of BJP’s state executive meeting here, state BJP chief Raosaheb Danve said a resolution supporting the demand of Maratha reservations would be discussed and adopted at the meeting.

The previous Congress-NCP government issued the ordinance giving reservations to Marathas and Muslims with an eye on the Assembly polls, and that was the reason the ordinance did not stand up to the court’s scrutiny, he claimed.

He rejected the allegation of Congress and NCP that BJP government could not present its stand on the Maratha quota before the High Court adequately.

“We came to power on October 31, 2014. It is just that the court order came during our tenure,” he added.

The ordinance issued by the previous government was challenged before the High Court which stayed it.

Danve said all stake-holders should discuss with the government how best to put the stand before the court (in the ongoing hearing). “We are ready for discussion,” he said.

The state BJP chief also said that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced formation of a ministerial group which will hold meetings at the district level regarding the demands of Maratha organisations.

The politically dominant Maratha community has been taking out huge silent marches to press its demands, which has shaken up the politics in Maharashtra.