Maharashtra politics is going through a difficult phase of reservation.
First, it was Maratha community who stormed the streets of the state for reservation demand, their struggle paid off as the government promised to give them the reservation. Now, the Muslim community is demanding reservation in education and government jobs.
On the same issue of Muslim reservation, Opposition parties including Congress, NCP, Samajwadi Party and Asaduddin Owaisi led part All India Majlis-e- Ittehadul Muslimeen have created huge ruckus in Maharashtra assembly on Tuesday.
As the day's proceeding started, Opposition MLAs came in the well and started chanting slogans against the government. Few Congress MLAs even took the “Mace’ in their hands. Due to continuous protests from the Opposition MLAs, the Speaker adjourned the proceeding thrice.
While speaking to Republic TV Congress MLA Amin Patel said, "We are not demanding reservation on the basis of religion but on the economic condition of the Muslim community. There are various committees who have said that the large part of the Muslims live in very poor condition, these people are socially and economically backward. Muslims are not getting jobs and admissions in good colleges, their condition is not such that they can afford to get admission in big colleges of the metro city.
MLA from Malad constituency Aslam Shaikh alleged that this government is Anti-Muslim and they don’t want to give reservation to the Muslims.
Whereas Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi threatened government saying if they do not give reservation to Muslims then they will not allow the assembly to run. "Reservation is the right of the poor people of Muslim community," he said.
AIMIM MLAs also took a tough stand on the reservation asking that since the Bombay High Court has not stayed the 5% reservation for Muslim students then why is the government not giving reservation to poor people of the Muslim community.
While refuting all the allegations, Maharashtra government has made its stand clear and said that they can’t give reservation in the name of religion as there is no such provision in the constitution.
In 2014, just before the Maharashtra assembly elections, former Congress-NCP government had given 5% reservation to the Muslims but later this order of the government was challenged in the Bombay High Court by a social worker.