After putting pressure on the Devendra Fadnavis government over the demand for a loan waiver for drought struck farmers in the state, the Opposition on Tuesday put the government in a spot over the issue of reservation of the Dhangar (shepherd) community.
Raising slogans inside and outside the state legislative assembly, the Opposition accused the BJP government of reneging on its promise to extend reservation to the community in government jobs and education.
Ahead of the assembly polls in Maharashtra, the BJP had run an election campaign where it had promised reservation to the community after it was elected to power. Eight months on, the promise is yet to be met.
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The Opposition on Tuesday leveraged the completion of a year of a statewide agitation from the community raising the demand.
Dressed in traditional shepherd community gear, legislators from the Opposition benches first raised slogans against the government outside the house. When proceedings in the legislative assembly began, NCP’s Jayant Patil raised the issue on the floor of the house.
Opposition leader, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil reminded Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis that it was he, who as the state BJP chief a year ago, had assured reservation to the community.
There was din in the house. Fadnavis accused the Opposition of raising the reservation issue conveniently now when they had themselves done nothing about it in 15 years.