‘Govt is responsible for Maratha stir’

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 4 August 2018

Udayanraje Bhosale blames State govt

Pune: Blaming squarely the State government for the outburst of the Maratha community, scion of the royal family from Satara and MP Udayanraje Bhosale on Friday alleged that the State delayed the decision on the Maratha reservations. 

He said, “We will conduct a meeting of the Maratha Kranti Morcha coordinators in the coming days to decide the future course of action.” 

Earlier, he met the Backward Class Commission members in the city at the Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI).

The government has asked the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission to collect necessary data related to the Maratha reservations under the chairmanship of Justice MG Gaikwad. 

The deadline for collection of data ended on July 31 and now, the commission has started analysing the data. 

Against this backdrop, Bhosale, who is the 13th direct descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji, met the members of the commission.  

Bhosale interacted with the media after his meeting with the panel members. 

He said, “Due to lack of political will, a solution to the Maratha reservation issue has been delayed. No government has been able to solve it in the past 30 years. The community conducted 58 peaceful morchas in the past one-and-a-half years but the government has failed to take cognisance. This is the reason why the Marathas are agitating for the past 15 days in the State. It is an outburst, for which the State government is responsible. So all State ministers should clear their stand on the issue now.”

He also demanded reservations for Muslim and Dhangar communities, along with the Marathas. 

Bhosale said, “Actually, the Maratha community should have got reservations long back. The State government should ask the commission to speed up its work.”

“The Central and state governments have shown urgency with regard to the atrocity issue. Similarly, it should prioritise the Maratha reservations and no one should politicise the Maratha agitation. It is the people’s anger expressed through the agitation and the government has filed criminal cases against them. They should be withdrawn immediately, failing which the government will face consequences,” he said.

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