Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLC Vinayak Mete, who is leading the Maratha reservation agitation, is likely to extend support to the BJP-led grand alliance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Upset with the ruling Congress-NCP combine for its failure to implement Maratha reservation, Mete has held meetings with BJP and Shiv Sena leaders in Mumbai.
Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Vinod Tawde said: “The BJP has urged Mete to support the grand alliance, which is committed to considering his demands for Maratha reservation and installation of Chhatrapati Shivaji statue in the Arabian Sea in Mumbai. Both these promises made by the Congress-NCP government remain unfulfilled.”
Mete has publicly expressed his disillusion with the NCP led by Sharad Pawar for not giving priority to 25 per cent reservation for Marathas in employment and education.
However, the NCP top leadership is trying its best to persuade Mete not to leave the organisation in the midst of elections. Mete, who
leads the aggressive Maratha organisation, can prove detrimental for the ruling combine in the elections.
Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde has held talks with Mete. Munde has assured Mete of looking into all his demands, including his political aspirations in the Assembly elections.