Uddhav Thackeray to meet PM Modi in Delhi today; Maratha reservation to be discussed

 Uddhav Thackeray to meet PM Modi in Delhi today; Maratha reservation to be discussed

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The SC had in May termed the 2018 Maharashtra law, providing quota to Marathas in jobs and education, as unconstitutional, and quashed it for breaching the 50 per cent reservation rule

MUMBAI

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other officials will on Tuesday hold a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues like Maratha and OBC reservation, financial aid for cyclone Tauktae relief measures and GST refund, among others.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar met Thackeray at his official residence ‘Varsha’ ahead of the CM’s meeting with PM Modi in Delhi later today.

While addressing the media, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil had yesterday said: “A delegation of Maharashtra government led by CM Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar will meet Prime Minister Modi in Delhi tomorrow. They will discuss issues like Maratha reservation, Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservation and Cyclone Tauktae relief.”

Maharashtra Public Works Department Minister Ashok Chavan will also be a part of the delegation. Notably, Congress leader Ashok Chavan heads the cabinet sub-committee on the Maratha quota.

This may be recalled that in May, Uddhav wrote a letter to the PM and urged him to take steps to include the Marathas into the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes or SEBC list, so that the community could claim the reservation in education and public employment at least to 12 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively.

“The Judgement delivered by the Constitution Bench (comprising of five Judges) of the Supreme Court on May 5, 2021, has given me this occasion to write to you with the earnest request that appropriate steps be taken at the earliest to grant reservation to the Maratha community from my State, albeit in accordance with the law, to the minimum extent of 12 per cent in Education and 13 per cent in Public Employment,” read the letter.

Later on May 31, Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, in its editorial, had mentioned that the battle for the Maratha reservation will be fought in Delhi.

“The collision will prove to be decisive. To destabilise the politics of Maharashtra, the opposition will use the issue of the Maratha reservation as a weapon, then they will have to stop it in time,” said the editorial.

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