Though the apex court on Friday disapproved the sons-of-the-soil theory, advocates of the same, the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, stuck to their stand.
"The whole issue began with the reorganization of states on linguistic basis provided by the Constitution, to protect the cultural identity of each state. What is wrong if we demand that local people be given priority in employment opportunities," asked Sena MP Sanjay Raut. "It is more of an emotional issue related to our livelihood than a legal one," he added.
MNS spokesperson Shirish Parkar said his party did not want to comment on the court's remarks and added that the issue needed to be addressed by the local government. "We want to pose a question to the state government. As of today, there are 47 lakh unemployed registered with the state's employment exchanges. It is the responsibility of the government to provide them jobs," he said. He added that parties ignoring the problems of the sons of the soil would face the consequences in the coming elections.