Sharad Pawar Meets Uddhav Thackeray Ahead of Maharashtra CM’s Meeting With PM Modi

Sharad Pawar Meets Uddhav Thackeray Ahead of Maharashtra CM’s Meeting With PM Modi Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and NCP chief Sharad Pawar (Photo Credit: FB)

Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray at his official residence Varsha Bungalow on Tuesday, ahead of Thackeray’s scheduled meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi today.

This was also Pawar’s second meeting with the Maharashtra CM in a fortnight. A delegation of the Maharashtra government led by CM Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar will discuss issues like Maratha and OBC reservation, and Cyclone Tauktae relief aid, said state Home Minister Patil.

“A delegation of Maharashtra government led by CM Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar will meet Prime Minister Modi in Delhi tomorrow. They will discuss issues like Maratha reservation, Other backward classes (OBC) reservation and Cyclone Tauktae relief,” Patil said on Monday.

The meeting will take place, over a month after the Supreme Court squashed a 2018 law providing reservation to the Maratha community in jobs and education in the state.

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“The Judgement delivered by the Constitution Bench (comprising of five Judges) of the Supreme Court on May 5, 2021, has given me this occasion to write to you with the earnest request that appropriate steps be taken at the earliest to grant reservation to the Maratha community from my State, albeit in accordance with the law, to the minimum extent of 12 per cent in Education and 13 per cent in Public Employment,” the Maharashtra Chief Minister had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May.

According to sources, along with deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar another prominent leader PWD minister Ashok Chavan will accompany Thackeray during the day-long Delhi trip. Chavan, a Congress leader, heads the cabinet sub- committee on the Maratha quota.

The Supreme Court on May 5 quashed the Maratha quota law passed by the state legislature in November 2018.

The Supreme Court struck down the reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the Maratha community brought in by the Maharashtra government in 2018, saying it exceeded the 50 per cent cap imposed earlier.

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A five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and Ravindra Bhat in its judgment said that that people from the Maratha community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward community to bring them within the reserved category.

A state government constituted committee, headed by Justice (retd) Dilip Bhosale, studied the SC judgement and recommended filing a review petition.

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