- Politics again rages in Maharashtra on the issue of Maratha reservation
- Recently, the Supreme Court canceled the decision of the state government
- Uddhav Thackeray is now pressurizing the Center to take initiative
- Center in trouble in view of demand for reservation in other states
Politics is once again heating up in Maharashtra over the Maratha reservation issue. The movement is planned in the first week of June there. After the state government’s decision on Maratha quota was quashed by the Supreme Court, the ball has come into the court of the
The reason for the hesitation of the central government
The problem of the central government is that if it decides on this, then its effect will not be limited to Maharashtra only. In other states, there is a demand for quotas for many communities, including Jats, Gurjars and Patels. If the Center exercises its authority under the 102nd Amendment, it will face similar demands from other states. The Patels in Gujarat, the Jats in Haryana and the Gurjar community in many states are demanding quota by placing themselves in the backward. This matter is also political for the BJP. Till now, the states where reservation has been raised, the political interests of BJP are connected there, be it Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan. She does not want to take up the challenge in these states. Apart from this, there is a hesitation that if the Center supports Maratha quota then it will have to face the backward resentment. They constitute a substantial part of the total population of the country. Marathas are 32 per cent.
This is the case
In November 2018, when the BJP and Shiv Sena were running a coalition government in Maharashtra, they passed an act through the state assembly and made quotas for the Marathas. Justifying the Act, the Bombay High Court had considered 12 education and 13 percent quota in jobs as mandatory. But this brought the total reservation to 64 and 65 percent, which was more than the mandated commission’s 50 percent limit. After this, the matter reached the Supreme Court. On May 5, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court ruled that there were no ‘extraordinary circumstances’ in Maharashtra that required the Marathas to move beyond the 50 per cent limit for quotas. The Supreme Court said that the power to bring or remove any caste within the purview of reservation is vested in the President i.e. the Center. In view of this, Uddhav is putting pressure on the center. He is understanding that the BJP would not like to do so. He is also considering it a plus for his political rights.