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Maratha quota bill will not pass legal test: Congress; dubs it 'pre-poll farce'

Updated on: 20 February,2024 05:40 PM IST  |  Mumbai
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Congress on Tuesday said that the Maratha quota bill passed by the Maharashtra legislature will not stand the legal scrutiny

Maratha quota bill will not pass legal test: Congress; dubs it 'pre-poll farce'

Vijay Wadettiwar. File Pic

The Congress on Tuesday said that the Maratha quota bill passed by the Maharashtra legislature will not stand the legal scrutiny and accused the government of deceiving Marathas and OBCs, reported the PTI.


According to the PTI, senior Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar dubbed the exercise a "farce" with an eye on elections.


The Maharashtra State Socially and Educationally Backward Bill 2024 providing 10 per cent reservation for the Maratha community in education and government jobs was passed unanimously by the state legislature in the special session.


"The law on the Maratha reservation was passed earlier also, but it was rejected by the Supreme Court. This (the passage of the bill) was done conveniently before polls. The legislation will not stand the test of law," Leader of Opposition in the state legislative assembly, Vijay Wadettiwar, told reporters.

"This is a farce to win elections. The government has deceived the Maratha community and OBCs," he alleged.

Vijay Wadettiwar said the government will showcase the passage of the bill to derive political mileage ahead of the elections.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray wondered if granting reservation comes under the purview of the state government, as per the PTI.

"They don't intend the welfare of people. This is a ploy to destroy the Maratha community. The bill will not benefit Marathas," he said.
Reacting to the development, Raj Thackeray said the Maratha community should remain alert.

"Does granting the reservation come under the purview of the state government? This (bill) will go to the Supreme Court and the state government will wash its hands off. The bill is brought ahead of elections," Raj Thackeray said, the news agency reported on Tuesday.

Maharashtra currently provides 52 per cent reservation, including 13 per cent for Scheduled Castes, 7 per cent for Scheduled Tribes, 19 per cent for OBCs, 2 per cent for Special Backward Classes, 3 per cent for Vimukta Jati, and 8 per cent collectively for Nomadic Tribes B, C, and D sub-categories, as per the PTI.

A separate 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education is provided under the EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) category.

(with PTI inputs)

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