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Fadnavis: Maharashtra should enforce suggestions made by Justice Bhosale committee on reservation for Marathas

Fadnavis cautioned that if the state government delays the process, it will lead to greater unrest and anxiety within the community.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: July 2, 2021 7:22:50 pm
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THE MAHA Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government should enforce the recommendations of the Justice Dilip Bhosale Committee, opposition leader in the state assembly Devendra Fadnavis said Friday.

The remarks come a day after the Supreme Court dismissed the Centre’s plea seeking a review of its May 5 ruling that the power to identify Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) lies exclusively with the Central government and not states for granting quota in jobs and education.

“The state government cannot absolve its responsibilities on important issues, like Maratha reservation. It cannot pass the responsibility on to the Centre and remain silent,” the former CM said.

The Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission, he added, will have to establish the backwardness of the Maratha community. Even the eight-member panel led by Justice Bhosale, a former Bombay High Court judge, had drawn attention to limitations in the state’s review petition, Fadnavis said.

The Justice Bhosale-led panel, which was set up after the Supreme Court scrapped the Maratha reservation in May, had submitted in its report to the state government on June 4 that the latter should file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging the quashing of Marathas quota. It also suggested that the state government should garner support from other states and approach the central government to seek suitable constitutional amendments in Articles 15(4) and 16 (4) to dilute the effect of 50 per cent rule laid down in the Indra Sawhney verdict.

The Maharashtra government, the panel said, could also independently make efforts by calling for a special session and pass resolution recommending the parliament to introduce appropriate/ suitable amendments in the Constitution. The state government could also refer to the National Commission, constituted under Article 338 B, seeking identification of the Socially and Educationally Backward Class of sections among Marathas, it added.

“Unless it (the state) sends a proposal, the Centre cannot do anything… If state government delays the process, it will lead to greater unrest and anxiety within the Maratha community,” Fadnavis added.

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