On Friday, Thackeray govt. has announced 5 % reservations to muslims in jobs and educational institutions. The High Court had approved of reservations for muslims in goverment jobs and educational intitutions and given such directions to the goverment.
State minister for minority affairs, Nawab Malik in response to Congress legislator Sharad Ranpise said in the Council that a bill will be introduced and the government will ensure its smooth passage. Malik added that action will be taken to ensure the passade before the beginning of the admissions for the academic year.
However, the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded to know whether Shiv Sena had agreed to this as a “setting” during government formation with Congress and Nationalist Congress Party.
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In 2018 as well as in 2019, the then Sena-BJP government had ruled out reservations for Muslims citing various court orders.
Vinayak Mete (BJP) said, “The State Backward Class Commission cannot recommend reservation based on religion. In order to give a legally valid reservation, what steps will be taken?”
During the debate, Mr. Malik said, “While giving reservation to Maratha community, a lot of legal measures were taken. Similarly, a decision to give reservation to Muslims will be taken soon. The government is positive, even Shiv Sena MLAs are positive. Government will take a decision to bring it by May before admissions or as soon as possible.”
In the house, Aaditya Thackeray also nodded when the Minister said Shiv Sena supports this. Shiv Sena’s stand has become clear today. The minister is doing this for Muslim votes but this reservation will not stand in court. This is just an attempt to please Muslims. We are not against giving reservation to any deprived community but the CM needs to make his stand clear.”