Pune: PWD Minister of the State, Chandrakant Patil, on Tuesday, said, “Like King Shahu Maharaj took decisions to benefit his people, ‘King’ Fadnavis also takes decisions for the benefit of his people.” The minister was speaking at the inaugural function of SARATHI, a new institution formed on the lines of BARTI, with a focus on the Maratha-Kunbi community.
In an attempt to woo the Maratha-Kunbi community, while also reminding the community of the upliftment work carried by Shahu Maharaj on his 144th anniversary, CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated Sarathi (Chattrapati Shahu Maharaj Sanshodhan, Prashikshan and Manav Vikas Sanstha) at a function held on Tuesday. Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, Rajya Sabha MP Sambhajiraje Bhosale, minsters Chandrakant Patil and Rajkumar Badole were present for the event. Historian Sadanand More will head Sarathi.
While praising CM Fadnavis, More said, “The CM has taken steps to benefit Maratha-Kunbi community and establishment of Sarathi is one such step. Also, the CM has made arrangements to secure Maratha reservations.” Chandrakant Patil said, ”CM wants to do whatever he can to aid the Maratha community. But the decision of reservations will be decided by the court, but Sarathi is a step to benefit the community.”
Adding a word of caution, MP Chattrapati Sambhajiraje Bhosale said, “I need to congratulate the government for Sarathi. The reservations given by Shahu included Marathas also, but Marathas were excluded in reservations later. After BARTI, SARATHI will give justice to the complete Bahujan Samaj, which includes Marathas.”
Fadnavis said, “The Maratha community has given a lot to the country. But only a small section of the Maratha community progressed, but masses remained poor.” “We are thinking how to solve problem of education and employment without reservations. Government colleges have lesser seats but have a reservation and in private colleges, there are seats but no reservations. So we have decided 50 pc of fees will be given by the government,” he said.
Internal fight between community members
While the CM made popular proclamations in the programme, activists of the Maratha morcha had gathered in large numbers at the event venue with the intention of registering their protest with the CM. But an internal fight broke out between the protestors themselves on tactical differences and the whole plan was foiled. The protesters even threatened the media that was present to witness the fight to delete the recordings of the quarrel.