Even as silent rallies are being taken out by the Maratha community in Maharashtra, the debate over reservation in jobs and education for the community also gained ground on Wednesday, with the government planning steps in that direction. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis convened a meeting of senior politicians from various parties, legal luminaries, and bureaucrats at his official
South Mumbai residence to consider steps to defend the reservation in court.
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The Bombay High Court is scheduled to hear the issue on October 13. Following the meeting, Maharashtra Cultural Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde said that the government had already collected 70 documentary proofs to back the demand for reservations for the community. He said the Chief Minister would also be seeking help from the Centre to obtain some more statistical data from the Socio-Economic Census report to bolster its case in court.
Tawde also announced that a battery of senior lawyers, including Harish Salve, Ravi Kadam, and VA Thorat will represent the state government in court.
Besides Tawde, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Public Works Department Minister Eknath Shinde, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Nationalist Congress Party MLA Ajit Pawar were present for the meeting.