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Opposition calls Maratha Kranti Morcha ‘a sham by Maharashtra government’

The reservation demand rocked both houses, leading to several adjournments

mumbai Updated: Aug 10, 2017 01:32 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Maratha Kranti Morcha,Azad Maidan.,Mumbai
A large crowd at CST.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

The Opposition in the state assembly termed Wednesday’s announcement of sops — concession in fees, skill development training for students, among others — for the Maratha community “a sham by the state government”.

The reservation demand rocked both houses, leading to several adjournments. Members from all parties approached the well and climbed up the dais in front of the speaker. NCP group leader Jayant Patil demanded an adjournment motion be admitted, keeping aside other house proceedings. He also demanded a one-line resolution in support of reservation be passed in the assembly.

The houses were adjourned till 3pm. Legislators from all parties later then joined the Maratha Kranti Morcha at Azad Maidan.

Business resumed after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis met a Maratha delegation and announced sops for the community. The Opposition later staged a walkout, terming the measures “inadequate”. In the council, house leader Chandrakant Patil, said the schemes and benefits for the community would put an additional burden of Rs450 crore on the state exchequer.

Leader of Opposition in the legislative council Dhananjay Munde slammed the government over the inaction on the demands “They made 15 demands, which the government hasn’t fulfilled,” Munde said, adding the family of Kopardi rape victim is yet to get justice. The Opposition also took a dig at the government for undermining reservation in education for Muslims.

First Published: Aug 10, 2017 01:32 IST