The state education department is likely to scrap the proposal to provide 90 per cent quota for state board students in junior college admissions.
Sources said the legal opinion the state has got is not in favour of such a quota.
Legal experts have told the government that such reservation of seats could be “unconstitutional”. A section of Congress legislators have already voiced their concern to Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.
On Saturday, Education Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said: “We are taking a cautious approach. We will meet the advocate general and the chief minister tonight. Whatever decision will be taken will be tabled in the House on Monday.”
Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray criticised the state.
“The time has come for the education ministers to get themselves educated,” he said. “Instead of announcing arbitrary decisions at the last minute, the state should take the views of experts and take firm decisions.”
The Sena has supported the quota system but Thackeray was cautious in his reaction. “It is wrong to discriminate among students.”