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Maratha demands just and valid, says CM Devendra Fadnavis after meeting with community

Fadnavis met scholar AH Salunkkhe, actors Sayaji Shinde and Amol Kolhe, art director Nitin Desai, industrialist Bhairavnath Thombare, Satish Parab, historian Pandurang Balakawade at the Sahyadri guest house.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2018 09:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Devendra Fadnavis,Maharashtra,Marathas
BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar, CM Devendra Fadnavis,Chandrakant Patil, Shiv Sena leader Eknath shinde,Ramdas Kadam brief media after all party leaders meeting regarding Maratha reservation outside Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai, India.(HT File Photo)

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday reiterated his government’s resolve to meet the demands of Marathas agitating for reservation and discussed short and long-term steps for their welfare as he met prominent members of the community.

Fadnavis met scholar AH Salunkkhe, actors Sayaji Shinde and Amol Kolhe, art director Nitin Desai, industrialist Bhairavnath Thombare, Satish Parab, historian Pandurang Balakawade at the Sahyadri guest house.

The state government apprised them of various welfare schemes launched by the government in the field of education, industries and social justice. Those who attended the meeting suggested some changes in the ongoing schemes to make them more effective.

“The demands raised through the marches and protests by the community are just and valid. We pressed, in the meeting, for the need to take immediate steps for the reservation to the community. We appeal to the people from the community to maintain peace and not resort to the extreme steps,” the chief minister and personalities said in a joint statement.

Fadnavis has struggled to find a way out of the crisis as the protests by the community have turned violent in several parts Maharashtra amid a lack of coordination and absence of central leadership over the direction and method of their agitation for reservation in government jobs and education.

A senior official has said the chief minister hoped that by reaching out to the members of the community in this way, there would be a breakthrough since protesters have refused to hold talks with the government.

“The state government is positive and committed about the reservation that will stand the legal scrutiny. We have been tapping all the possibilities to ensure time-bound reservation. As already declared, we will convene a special session to discuss the reservation,” Fadnavis said after the meeting.

“The community members were apprised about the steps taken and status of the process being followed for the legal battle of reservation,” he added.

No political party is willing to take the community’s demands lightly even thought their protests have turned chaotic.

Leaders of Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have already held meetings with their legislators to discuss how they will support the demands of the Maratha community.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 17:15 IST