After the Bombay High Court upheld the reservation given to the Maratha community in educational institutions and government jobs, Maharashtra Congress Chief and former chief minister Ashok Chavan said that it is the Congress party who has proposed reservation for Dhangar (shepherd) and Muslim communities as that will lead to communal harmony in the state.
Chavan said “We are extremely happy that finally the Maratha Reservation issue has been resolved. It was the then Congress government which had initiated it. Somehow, due to some legal hurdles, the issue could not surpass the High Court scrutiny.”
Earlier today, a bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharti Dangre ordered to cap the reservation at 12 per cent for admission to educational institutions and 13 per cent in the government jobs. The earlier quota of 16 per cent was not accepted.
The state government on November 30, in 2018, passed the Maratha Reservation Bill and extended 16 per cent reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to the Maratha community.
The Maratha community, which has been declared as a socially and educationally backward class (SEBC) by the state government, makes up a total of 33 per cent of the total population in the state, ANI reported.
Reports of protests turning violent were also reported from other parts of Maharashtra and as per the media inputs people resorted to stone pelting and also torched state transport buses, police and private vehicles. Sit in protests were also organised outside government offices and homes of legislators.