Maratha protests: Oppn unwilling to cooperate, Maha govt to seek legal course
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis held a high-level meeting with senior ministers, including Maratha leaders revenue minister Chandrakant Patil and education minister Vinod Tawde, and lawyers to discuss the course of action in the high courtmaratha silent protests Updated: Sep 28, 2016 01:10 IST
The state on Tuesday decided to push for Maratha reservation in the Bombay high court.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis held a high-level meeting with senior ministers, including Maratha leaders revenue minister Chandrakant Patil and education minister Vinod Tawde, and lawyers to discuss the course of action in the high court. The Opposition, however, refused to cooperate with the government and demanded a decision be taken in two days.
Rattled by the massive rallies held by Marathas across the state, the government plans to speed up the hearing on the reservation. A battery of lawyers engaged by the government have been directed to find ways to counter the adverse remarks on the Rane committee’s findings that the community is not socially or economically backward. The next hearing is scheduled on September 30.
The state on Monday had announced formation of an empowered group comprising ministers and leaders of Opposition for a dialogue with the leaders of the protesting Marathas. The government had urged protesters to come forward for a dialogue.
“Forming an empowered group for dialogue is nothing but an attempt to delay the decision. The survey reports and data collected by the previous government is readily available for further action. There is no need for dialogue . The government should take a call on reservation in two days,” said Dhananjay Munde, opposition leader in the council.
Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, leader of opposition in the Assembly, too, has refused to join hands with the government for talks with Marathas. “I have not been authorised by the Maratha community to hold talks with the government. It is the job of the government to take the community into confidence,” he said.
Maharashtra cabinet meet on October 4
The government has decided to hold the next cabinet meeting on October 4 in Aurangabad. The decisions about the water management, incuding the proposed formation of the water grid for the drought prone districts of Marathwada are expected to be taken in the cabinet. Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that the government’s thrust will on the decisions related to employment and rise in per capita income of the central part of the state.