Hindu organisation opposes quota for Marathas, Muslims in Maharashtra

Panaji: A right wing organisation today opposed the reservation for Marathas and Muslims approved by the Maharashtra Cabinet.

Maharashtra government had yesterday approved 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and five per cent for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions. "Several Maratha organisations have been in touch with us and they don't want reservations," Hindu Janajagruti Samiti's (HJS) national spokesman Ramesh Shinde claimed while talking to reporters here.

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Shinde, along with several leaders of other Hindu organisations, addressed a press conference in the backdrop of the ongoing All India Hindu Convention which will culminate today at Ramnathi village near here.

The entire exercise of reservation has been carried out to appease minorities, to overcome the fact that the state NCP-Congress government has lost its popularity which was indicated in the recently held Lok Sabha polls, he said.

The HJS, along with other Hindu organisations, has been against the concept of reservations, he said. "We have been demanding common civil code. Where is the question of supporting such kind of reservations based on caste or religion? Everyone should get equal treatment," Shinde expressed.

Meanwhile, the convention, which had more than 300 leaders of various right wing organisations participating in it, has adopted a resolution demanding complete ban on cattle slaughter in the country. "It's not just cow slaughter but we want ban on the cattle slaughter," HJS national guide Charudatt Pinge said.

The recent raids on slaughter houses in Goa's Margao town have revealed that even underage cows were killed for the meat, he said. The convention also demanded that the Union government should enact a stringent law prosecuting infiltrators from Bangladesh and also those who facilitate their illegal arrival in the country.

"Not just infiltrators, but even those who facilitate their stay in the country should be prosecuted under the new law, which could be a draconian act," the convention resolved. 

Decision on quota taken after examining legalities: NCP

NCP today said the decision to provide reservation to Muslims and Marathas has been taken by Maharashtra government after examining all legal aspects and expressed confidence that it would stand in the courts.

Addressing a press conference, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said, "The decision will stand in the courts as all legal aspects have been examined." "Even though BJP-Sena has partially supported the reservation move, the opposition parties are likely to indirectly target the government through a PIL against the Maratha and Muslim reservation," he alleged.

The state Cabinet had yesterday cleared 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and five per cent for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions. This is in addition to the already existing 52 per cent reservation for SC, ST, OBC and VJNT (Vimukta Jati-Nomadic Tribes).

With the additional 21 per cent quotas for the politically influential Maratha community and Muslims, reservation in jobs and educational institutions in Maharashtra will go up to 73 per cent. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had said yesterday that the move was not politically motivated or with an eye on elections. "The process was on since 2004," he said last night.

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