‘Pawar not serious about Maratha reservation’

Bharatiya Janata Party state general secretary Vinod Tawade on Sunday took a dig at NCP leader Sharad Pawar for not pushing the issue of reservation to Maratha community.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: March 2, 2009 4:43 am

Maratha Darbar reiterates demand for reservation

Bharatiya Janata Party state general secretary Vinod Tawade on Sunday took a dig at NCP leader Sharad Pawar for not pushing the issue of reservation to Maratha community. “If the Maratha community’s demand for reservation is not fulfilled,the coming elections will be tough for Pawar and his daughter,” he said.

Tawade was speaking at the convention of Maratha community,Maratha Darbar,organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Maratha Mahasangh. He also alleged that Pawar was searching for political mileage in the issue by not giving firm commitment.

Tawade said,“Maratha community does not want political reservation. But Pawar has purposefully created a faction in the community and by covertly supporting another Maratha leader Vinayak Mete,he is trying to minimise the influence of the leader of OBC community Chhagan Bhujbal. But Maratha community is aware of this and will not fall prey to these tactics.”

Tawade also criticised former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for not taking firm stand on the issue. “Vilasrao has all the time to do whatever so that his brother becomes minister,but when it comes to issue of reservation of Maratha community he is not so active,” he said.

Revenue Minister Patangrao Kadam,who inaugurated the convention,assured the gathering that the government will take decision on the reservation as early as possible. President of Maratha Mahasangh Shashikant Pawar,Rajendra Kondhare and Praveen Gaikawad of Sambhaji Brigade were also present on the occasion. Nitin Desai,producer of TV serial Raja Shree Shiv Chhatrapati and Dr Amol Kolhe,who plays the lead role,were felicitated on the occasion.

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