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Ashok Chavan meets Sanjay Raut, other leaders in Delhi over Maratha reservation issue

03:30 PM Jul 21, 2021 | Sanjay Jog

Maharashtra PWD minister and Congress leader Ashok Chavan is in Delhi to discuss Maratha reservation issue.

Ashok Chavan, who is the chairman of the Cabinet sub-committee on Maratha reservation, met Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram. He had already met NCP President Sharad Pawar in Mumbai.

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Recently, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly had passed a resolution urging the Centre to bring a Constitutional amendment to remove the 50 per cent ceiling on caste-based reservations set earlier by the Supreme Court as it is coming in the way of granting quota to the SEBC category comprising Marathas.

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As per the resolution moved by state PWD Minister Ashok Chavan on the first day of the monsoon session, without relaxing the 50 per cent limit on caste-based reservations, the quota for the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) cannot be granted.

The Supreme Court on May 5 struck down the Maharashtra government’s 2018 law granting reservation to the Maratha community in admissions and government jobs while hearing a batch of petitions that challenged the Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018. The SC had said it would breach the ceiling of 50% quota limit imposed by itself in a landmark verdict in 1992.

Members of the Maratha community have been staging protests across Maharashtra demanding that the SEBC reservation be restored.

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