On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the subject of the Maratha quota which was struck down by the Supreme Court recently.
This one-on-one meeting between the leaders sparked speculation regarding the bitter ties between BJP and Shiv Sena who were old allies.
Uddhav Thackeray met PM Modi at his residence in Delhi on 8th June. Maha CM Thackeray led the delegation over the Maratha reservation, Cyclone Tauktae relief, and other issues. After the meeting, Modi and Thackeray had a separate meeting. No details about this meeting were disclosed. According to senior Shiv Sena leader, the meeting lasted for half an hour and political issues concerning the state were discussed.
“We met the PM on important issues of the state and gave him notes on all. He heard us seriously and promised to look into them. We are hopeful the PM will resolve the issues positively”, the Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray said.
Deputy CM and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan accompanied Thackeray. Issues relating to Metro car shed, GST compensation, new vaccination policy was also discussed with the PM according to reports.
Ashok Chavan, Chairman of Maharashtra sub-committee on Maratha quota said, “So, we requested the PM to initiate the legal process. Even if states get the power for Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC) reservation, it will not be useful due to the 50% upper limit for reservation. There is a need to relax that limit. The PM assured us that he will get information on this and take further steps.”
When asked about the separate meeting, Uddhav Thackeray said “Yes, we had a separate meeting. We may not be politically together, but that does not mean that we have snapped our relationship. I did not go to meet Nawaz Sharif. There is nothing wrong with meeting Modiji in person. Tomorrow, even tell my colleagues and go to meet him.”
Welcoming the new vaccination policy announced Monday, said: “We now expect the obstacles faced by us to be removed and all people, not just of Maharashtra but of the country, to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Last month Uddhav Thackeray wrote to the Prime Minister requesting him to take steps to declare the Maratha community in the state as a Socially and Educationally Backward caste so they could claim reservation in education (12%) and jobs (13%).
Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Shri @AjitPawarSpeaks and Cabinet Minister Shri @AshokChavanINC called on PM @narendramodi. @OfficeofUT @CMOMaharashtra pic.twitter.com/aiJRzKRiyl
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 8, 2021
On 5th May 2021, a five-judge constitution bench of the honourable Supreme Court declared reservation benefits to Maratha community taking the quota limit to 50% as unconstitutional.
SC struck down the findings of Justice N.G. Gaikwad Commission led to the enactment of Maratha quota law and set aside the Bombay HC judgment which validated the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act of 2018.
The SC also held that such separate reservation for the Maratha community violated Article 14 of the Indian Constitution which provides the Right to equality.
On May 31 the Maharashtra government extended EWS (economically weaker section) benefits – including 10 percent reservation – to the Maratha community.
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