Ahead of the crucial hearing in the Bombay High Court on October 13 on Maratha reservations, Maharashtra Government has decided to put forth a strong case backing the demand. The decision was taken at an all-party steering committee formed by Maharashtra government on the issue of Maratha reservation. The committee under the chief minister has decided to file an affidavit in the Bombay High Court expressing the state’s commitment to granting reservation to Maratha community.
“The affidavit would be supported by solid documentary evidence to assert that a large section of the Maratha caste population was economically backward and deserved quota on economic grounds. The government will submit 70 documents of evidence to the court on why reservation for Marathas is necessary,” said Education Minister Vinod Tawade while speaking to reporters after the meeting.
HARISH SALVE TO REPRESENT STATE
Tawde also added that noted lawyer Harish Salve will be representing the state government before the court.
On the backdrop of the growing unrest in the Maratha community and massive rallies, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had called the meeting today at his residence Varsha to discuss the issue.
Apart from BJP ministers and leaders, Congress leader and leader of the opposition in the legislative assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, NCP leader Dhananjay Munde, and other opposition leaders too attended the meeting.
Speaking to Reporters after the meeting Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil alleged that the government is not serious about Maratha reservations and was buying time.
“Though the government said that it will be putting up a strong case, we think they are not working in the required speed. We want them to take a decision on the Maratha reservations before the winter session of the State legislature,” Vikhe said.