A direct descendant of Shivaji and the NCP Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Sangli, Udayan Raje Bhosale, came out in support of the Maratha community by participating in a rally held in Nashik Friday.
However, soon after the completion of the rally – which was taken out to seek reservations for the Maratha community — Bhosale questioned the system of having reservations. “Competition has increased in the country. In these times, there should be only one reservation and that should be your merit. If you replace this system, how will you survive?” Bhosale said at a press conference.
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He also claimed that reservation has led to brain drain from the country and has caused massive damage to the country. “President Obama had personally thanked India because of so many Indian engineers were leaving their own country for the US. These reservations have led to a brain drain and have caused a setback to the country,” Bhosale said. Marathas across the state have been holding rallies to demand reservation in education and employment, and seeking the scrapping of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. However, a section of thinkers believe there is a concerted effort across the country by dominant castes to have a show of strength on the roads for the government to take a re-look at the present reservation policy.
No Maratha leader has, however, openly called for the abolishment of reservations in the country.
Elaborating on his views, Bhosale said political parties have created divisions in the society by granting reservations and that there is a need to create equal opportunity options for all Indians. “Those who strive hard will get better marks. If you do not practice and demand that you be included in a team then be rest assured that the team will never win,” he said.
The maverick leader, known for his volatile behavior, however, said the government should accede to the demands of the Maratha community. “What happened in Kopardi was a black mark on Maharashtra. Those who did that should be publicly hanged or shot,” Bhosale said about the gangrape.