The former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Devendra Fadnavis, questioned Maharashtra CM, Uddhav Thackeray, for meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi without referring to the Bhosale report on Maratha reservation issue. The BJP leader was reacting to the meeting between CM Thackeray, Dy. CM Ajit Pawar & Congress leader Ashok Chavan in Delhi with PM Modi over Maratha reservation issue on Tuesday, June 8.
Fadnavis termed the step by Maharashtra CM without a ‘home work’ as a “premature act”. “”I want to say that meeting the PM directly before their own action is premature,” reacted Fadnavis after the meeting between Maharashtra Delegation comprising CM Thackeray, and PM Modi.
Thackeray after the meeting concluded with PM Modi said that issues like Maratha reservation, GST Compensation, proposed carshed establishment at Kanjurmarg in Mumbai were discussed with PM Modi, and that PM Modi has given him an assurance to look into the issues raised. Thackeray was seen commending PM Modi’s warm gesture and expressing “no political obsession”. He further showed satisfaction towards the way the meeting concluded and expected positive steps by PM Modi led central government on the issues raised in the meeting.
“There was a lot of discussion during this. The Prime Minister listened to all the issues seriously. The Centre is expected to take positive decisions on pending issues. I thank the Prime Minister. There was no political obsession anywhere. We are satisfied with the meeting. The Prime Minister will definitely take further action on these questions.” Thackeray said while addressing media in the Maharashtra sadan on Tuesday, June 8.
To recall, CM Thackeray had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2021 seeking declaration of the Maratha community as Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC). This attempt was made in order to help the Maratha community claim 12 per cent reservation in the education sector in the state and 13 per cent reservation in government job sector. Recently, on May 5, the Supreme Court struck down the Maratha reservation in the education & job sector citing the reason that it exceeds 50% capping imposed earlier.