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Mumbai: Maharashtra State Chief Minister Eknath Shinde appealed that the political parties should inform the government of their position and opinion in writing regarding reservation, assuring that the state government will not allow injustice to any social group while maintaining the tradition of progressive Maharashtra in order not to create a rift between the Maratha and OBC communities in the state.

He was speaking in a all party meeting regarding reservation at Sahyadri guest house in Mumbai Tuesday night.

On this occasion Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Deputy Speaker Narhari Jirwal, Ministers Chandrakant Patil, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal, Ravindra Chavan, Shambhuraj Desai, Dadaji Bhuse, Atul Save, Dhananjay Munde along with MPs Ashok Chavan, Sunil Tatkare, Senior Leader Prakash Ambedkar, MLA Sarveshree Praveen Darekar, Gopichand Padalkar, Bachu Kadu, Bharat Gogawle, Mahadev Jankar and other dignitaries were present.

Regarding reservation, the role of various political parties and organizations is important and a way should be found through the discussion regarding the reservation of Maratha and OBC community in the state,said Shinde.

He stated that communal harmony should also be maintained while maintaining law and order.

The government has decided to give 10 percent reservation to the Maratha community. We are trying to keep it within the framework of the law. Since this decision was taken, candidates from Maratha community have benefited in education, post recruitment.

On this occasion, the Chief Minister also assured that he will not allow injustice to other social groups while giving lasting reservation to the Maratha community.

The Chief Minister said a team of 11 people has been sent to Hyderabad to inspect the Gazette.

Reservation is not a matter of politics but it is an honest role of the government to maintain social harmony. In that direction, the positive process of the government is going on, Shinde further said.

In order to maintain a harmonious atmosphere in the state, today’s meeting was called to take the members of all parties into confidence and find a way out of the discussion. Today’s meeting was to remove the bitterness between the Maratha and OBC communities.

The Chief Minister also said an all-party meeting was held in a similar manner on November 1, 2023,added Shinde.

Meanwhile,opposition parties including Congress ,NCP-SP and UBT members did not attend the all party meeting and they had demanded that the state government should make a statement in house of state assembly in regard.

While, Maratha reservation activits Manoj Jarange-Patil who was on his Marathwada tour since July 6 onwards with his awareness peace rally which will conclude in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar on July 13. He was adamant on his decision to state government should issue Sagesoire(Close relatives )ordnance to get reservation to entire Maratha community.

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