After Marathas And Dhangars, BJP MLA Calls For 'Urgent' Muslim Reservation In Maharashtra

| September 18 , 2018 , 09:26 IST

After demands for reservations in Maharashtra for the Maratha and Dhangar communities led to protests over the past few months, BJP MLA Ashish Deskhmukh has called for reservations for the Muslim community as well, media reported on Tuesday.

During a recent function at the Katol Taluka in Nagpur district, Deshmukh slammed the Maharashtra government for failing to provide reservations to the Muslim community, saying that the lack of reservation was depriving the community of good education.

"There is an urgent need for Muslim reservation. It will allow the community to progress if they get reservation in jobs and education," Deshmukh said.

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In October 2014, the previous Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government in the state had issued an ordinance announcing 5 percent quota in jobs and education for Muslims and 16 percent for Marathas.

However, after the decision was challenged, the Bombay High Court scrapped the entire Maratha community reservation as well as the 5 percent Muslim reservation in jobs, allowing only 5 percent Muslim quota in education.

"But the Devendra Fadnavis government has not implemented 5 per cent reservations for Muslims in education," Deshmukh said, adding that the Muslims would not get their quota until the community showed its strength.

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Claiming that the condition of the Muslim community was worse than that of the Dalits, Deshmukh said that intellectuals and prominent citizens from the community must come together to press for the demands of reservation.

"The Maharashtra government should immediately provide reservation to the Muslim community so that they can progress socially, economically, educationally, politically, and culturally," Deshmukh said.

The Supreme Court has capped the reservation in state governments at 52 percent, and in Maharashtra the Scheduled Tribes have 7 per cent reservation, Scheduled Castes have 13 per cent and Other Backward Castes (OBC) have 19 per cent reservations, while VJNT and special backward and others together form 13 per cent of the total quota.