Maratha Reservation Movement: Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has called an all-party meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the state amid the intensifying Maratha reservation movement. However, Shiv Sena (UBT) President Uddhav Thackeray has not been invited to the meeting. The Maratha movement has turned violent in some parts of the state. An official in the Chief Minister’s Office said Shinde will apprise opposition leaders of the government’s plans to deal with the situation and seek their support.
Incidents of violence in many parts of the state
In the last few days, incidents of violence have been seen in many parts of the state. Government bus services have been completely suspended in five districts of Marathwada, while curfew has been imposed and internet shut down in parts of Beed, where protesters targeted the residences of political party leaders. The Chief Minister has appealed to the people not to indulge in violence and has also asked political parties to avoid indulging in any activity that may worsen the situation.
Documents will be digitized
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday published an order asking the concerned authorities to issue new Kunbi caste certificates to members of the eligible Maratha community, paving the way for them to avail reservation benefits under the Other Backward Class (OBC) category. The Government Resolution (GR) asked officials to translate old documents containing references to Kunbis and written in Urdu and ‘Modi’ script (which was used to write the Marathi language in earlier times). These documents will be digitized, authenticated and then made publicly available.
Reservation benefits to Kunbi community in education and government jobs
The decision comes at a time when Chief Minister Shinde said that a government-appointed committee examined 1.72 crore old documents (including the Nizam-era) and found 11,530 records where Kunbi caste was mentioned. Kunbi community engaged in agriculture comes under OBC category in Maharashtra and the community gets reservation benefits in education and government jobs.
Uddhav Thackeray was not invited
Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said that his party president Uddhav Thackeray has not been invited to the all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Shinde. Criticizing the state government, Raut said Maharashtra is burning and the Shinde-led government is resorting to “shameful politics”. He posted on ‘X’, “Leaders of such parties which have only one MLA or which have no MLA have also been invited. But the party with 16 MLAs and six MPs has not been invited because Shiv Sena (UBT) has become an eyesore for them.
The Rajya Sabha member, a close ally of Thackeray, said that his party does not need any respect, but he wants the pending issue of Maratha reservation to be resolved soon. Social activist Manoj Jarange, who is on an indefinite fast demanding reservation in Antarwali Sarati village of Jalna district, on Tuesday said the Maratha community will not accept “incomplete reservation” and the Maharashtra government should call a special session of the state legislature on the issue. Needed.
He threatened that if the Maratha community was not given “full” quota, he would stop drinking water from Wednesday evening. According to an earlier statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office, Jarange started drinking water after a “satisfactory” discussion with Shinde on Wednesday morning. Jarange started the fast for the second time on 25 October. Jarange said the government should not “harass” the Maratha youth who are protesting peacefully, otherwise a strong reaction will be given.
He criticized Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who has said that the perpetrators of the violence in Beed will face charges under section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Jarange expressed displeasure over the state cabinet’s decision to grant Kunbi caste certificate to Maratha people in Marathwada region.