Should increase quota limit to include Marathas: Ramdas Athawale

The Republican Party of India (RPI) leader dismissed claims that the Maratha rallies being held across Maharashtra were anti-Dalit.

By: Express News Service | Nagpur | Published:October 9, 2016 2:38 am
Ramdas Athawale Ramdas Athawale

UNION Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale Saturday said he has always supported reservation for Marathas and would propose amending the Constitution to increase the permissible level of quotas in jobs and education to 75 per cent.

Talking to mediapersons in Nagpur, Athawale said, “I have always supported the demand for Maratha reservation. But since the Supreme Court has capped quotas at 51 per cent and it is not possible to accommodate the Marathas in that, the idea of amending the Constitution to increase the limit to 75 per cent is worth considering. I am thinking of suggesting it to the government.”

He added, “Reservations are caste based and can’t be based on economic condition. The creamy layer criterion, however, can be applied.”

The Republican Party of India (RPI) leader dismissed claims that the Maratha rallies being held across Maharashtra were anti-Dalit.

“The Maratha rallies are not against the Dalits, although I am opposed to scrapping the Prevention of Atrocities Act. However, the Marathas are now demanding only some changes in the Act, which is fine to prevent its misuse,” Athawale said.

He also said that a Dalit-Maratha unity convention would be held in Shirdi on October 19. Asked about alliances for the upcoming municipal corporation elections in Maharashtra, Athawale said, “I feel the BJP, the Shiv Sena and the RPI should fight the polls together.”

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  1. M
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:32 am
    Ramdas must read once Dr. BBRA's books and consution. I've little doubt about his knowledge and educations. Quota is already there for SC/ST/OBC/Minority etc and if he asking quota for Maratha seperately, are they included or not ? What about Maratha Brahman / Rajput / Kshatriya ? Can he talks about poor/needy/merits/educations? Dr.BBRA was a Buddhist and never considered himself a quota / caste man or party. First, Ramdas or any political leaders must educate them-self. Maharastra is already achieved 75% education. Now, this kind of speech, will not help votes bank.
  2. A
    Amit Joshi
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:29 am
    Vote bank politics. It should be based on economic conditions and not based on caste.
  3. R
    Ravindra Singhaniya
    Oct 9, 2016 at 2:11 am
    Athavale saheb, Do you agree to lowering creamy layer limit to EBC income level so that benefits of reservation reaches to poor and neglected cl in every caste. Only handful of people in each cl are getting benefits of reservation at the cost of neglected poor people in the same caste. Now effectively reservations are meant for rich cl in every caste. Is it a step to fulfill vision of Dr Babasaheb? He must be feeling pity for poors and neglected in every suppressed caste. This is injustice by rich on poor of their own caste. Poor have no representation. Poor are used to increase potion of the particular caste so that rich people enjoy reservation. Very sad state.
  4. P
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:59 am
    only 3-5 % indians pay IT returns - most is black money inside and outside outside no body knows how much panama holds for bach han
  5. P
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:57 am
    rest all wl get representation aka reservation acording to their caste potion
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