Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil Wednesday denied any knowledge about a committee being set up comprising ruling and opposition leaders to hold dialogue with the Maratha community on the issue of reservation.
“I am not part of any committee, nor has anybody invited me for the committee,” said Vikhe-Patil. The state government had earlier announced its plans to rope in Opposition leaders from the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council to visit districts to discuss the problems of Marathas.
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At an internal meeting of the Congress, sources said, it was decided that they should distance themselves from any government committee. Vikhe-Patil said, “Kranti Maratha Morcha has submitted its demands to the district collectors wherever the rallies were held. So, where is the question of any more dialogue. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should come forward and declare he would accept all their demands.”
Referring to developments in the state in the backdrop of a controversial cartoon published in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, the Congress leader said, “It is pointless to except any largeheartedness from Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. The Sena president who could not give Matoshree for late Bal Thackeray’s memorial cannot be expected to show generosity in any manner…”