Mumbai, June 29 :
Maharashtra Congress Chief Ashok Chavan met Congress President Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi on Saturday and held discussions about upcoming Maharashtra Legislative Assembly polls.
It was the Congress-NCP Government that had for the first time approved the 16 percent reservation for the politically-dominant Maratha community and five percent reservation to Muslims in July 2014.
In a recent verdict, the Bombay High Court upheld the constitutional validity of the Maharashtra government’s bill that provides a separate quota in government jobs and educational institutions for Marathas under a new category: “Socially and economically backward” .
“Had discussion on upcoming Maharashtra Legislative Assembly polls. Talks on alliance with NCP almost finished,discussion on seats yet to be done. Open for talks with Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi party (VBA) ,” Chavan said.
Maharashtra is set to go to polls after three months and BJP has launched ‘Mission 220 plus’ with ally Shiv Sena for the assembly election in Maharashtra slated for October this year.
But BJP wants to sideline Shiv Sena same as they have done with regional parties in every state.
From July 1, the saffron party will formally start preparations at all 91,000 booths and ‘panna pramukh’ (page in-charge who is the first point of contact for voters) will aim at reaching out to the maximum number of voters in all 288 constituencies.
Ashok Chavan, who had won in 2014 during the Modi wave, also lost this time with record of 40,000 votes. Ashok Chavan losing the Lok Sabha election was a big defeat for the Congress in Maharashtra.
The Congress party blamed Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi party (VBA) for the defeat in Maharashtra.
State elections are due in October and Marathas constitute roughly a third of the electorate.