On Thursday, the state government received the Election Commission of India’s (EC) permission for promulgating the Ordinance while the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections is still in place. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has called a special meeting of his Cabinet on Friday when this Ordinance is expected to be approved.
The Leader of the Opposition in the state legislative Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, adopted an aggressive stand demanding that the MSBCC report be tabled in the Assembly immediately to facilitate a debate on Maratha reservation.
Since existing reservation to SC, ST, OBC and VJNT (Vimukta Jati and Nomadic tribes) together constitute 49 per cent, the government will have to use the legislation route to accommodate the 16 per cent quota of the Marathas. At present, the reservation limit of the state stands at 52 per cent.
Police said 11 arrests were made in the case based on videos circulated on WhatsApp and witness statements. The 11 were arrested between July and October for allegedly assaulting the 19-year-old man, resulting in his death, and a minor during the agitation.
“Some Maratha leaders inducted their people in the agitations to turn the protests violent. These politically motivated leaders are trying to malign the movement and are taking advantage of the Maratha agitations,” said Tawde.