Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis confirmed on Thursday that the Maratha community, which has been seeking reservation in the state of Maharashtra, will be granted the same on December 1.
After receiving the report by the Maharashtra State Backward Commission, which came to the conclusion that the Marathas fall under each of 25 categories of backwardness, the state CM announced that the community will be put in the reservation bracket after 15 days. Speaking on this matter, he asked the political people to not take the credit, while adding that on December 1, the community can celebrate.
"I am happy to announce that today we got the report from the Backward Class Commission on the issue of Maratha reservation. I had announced earlier itself that we will work on the issue in a time-bound manner, once we get the report on the 15th, we will take a decision before the month of November ends. Now, definitely, we will complete all the formalities on the report. But I want to tell some people do not fight to take credit. This is not an issue of taking credit. It was possible because the entire community came together and the government stood by them. Some people are fighting from credit in this issue as well. And then they say we will gherao on 25th, some say they will gherao on 26th, some say they will protest. But why are you protesting? Now the government is going to take a decision, you should celebrate on the 1st December," Maharashtra CM said.
It is reported that 16% reservation will be provided to them in Maharashtra government institutions, which will be over and above the 52% reservation already existing in the state.
Marathas have been seeking quota in government jobs and institutions since a number of years. But their demands have been struck down by at least three state governments, Mandal Commission as well as once by judiciary as well. Seeing no way forward for the reservation, the community decided to hold numerous protests and bandhs across the state.
A Maratha Kranti Morcha was witnessed in Aurangabad in August 2016, after the community was angered by the rape and death of a Maratha girl in Kopardi in Ahmednagar district. It was then followed by rallies in major cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
The very same year in December, the Maharashtra government, under pressure from the community, had filed an affidavit to justify the reservation for Marathas, making an attempt to make it legal and Constitutionally valid.
But after witnessing no progress, the Marathas took to the streets earlier this year in July. They held protests across the state and called for a Maharashtra bandh, at a time when the Monsoon session was going on.
In their bid to get their voices heard, the community, during the bandh, did not allow state CM Devendra Fadnavis to hold puja for Vithal-Rukmini in Pandharpur on Ekadashi. Amidst the rising tension, the CM decided to not attend the event and promised the community that their demands will be met.
The state was forced into action, and the CM asked Maharashtra State Backward Commission to file a report after a youth gave up his life while protesting for quota for the Maratha community.