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Marathas give CM ultimatum on quota issue

The Maratha Arakshan Samanvay Samiti has demanded a decision from the state government on reservations for the Maratha community by February 1, reports Satyajit Joshi .

india Updated: Jan 26, 2009 01:23 IST
Satyajit Joshi

The Maratha Arakshan Samanvay Samiti has demanded a decision from the state government on reservations for the Maratha community by February 1.

The Maratha organisation has warned that its workers will prevent Chief Minister Ashok Chavan from entering the Shivneri fort on Shivjayanti, which falls on February 15, if no decision is reached by the end of the month.

Maratha Arakshan Samanvay Samiti president Shashikant Pawar and executive president Purushottam Khedekar said they had fought for reservations since 1981 using democratic means, but the government was avoiding taking any decision. Speaking to journalists on Friday, Pawar and Khedekar said the government should stop making empty announcements to buy time, as the former chief minister and his deputy had both agreed to the demand in-principle.

“If the government does not take a decision till February 1, we will not allow the government to celebrate Shivjayanti,” Pawar and Khedekar said one after the other. It has been a government tradition to hold a Shivjayanti function in the presence of the chief minister at the Shivneri fort, 200 km from Pune.

The Maratha body has also organised a state-level convention on February 15 in Beed, where a decision on its further course of action will be taken. Pawar said the six-member Bapat Committee appointed by the state government had not yet published its report.

He claimed three members of the committee were in favour of reservations for Marathas, while three had recommended reservations on the basis of economic condition.

Today, when differences seem to have cropped up among the organisations fighting for reservations for Marathas, Pawar made it clear that the Maratha Arakshan Samanvay Samiti did not want reservations in the political sector, but only in education and other social areas.

Vinayak Mete of the organisation Shivsangram has demanded reservations for Marathas in the political sector as well.