State responsible for rift between Marathas & OBCs: Jayant Patil

  • | Friday | 1st December, 2023

Nashik: Maharashtra NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) president Jayant Patil held the state government responsible for the ongoing rift between the Maratha and OBC communities on the reservation issue.Patil was in Jalgaon on Thursday to participate in the partys tractor rally to highlight the agrarian crisis in the state.The state government has failed to spell out its stand clearly on the Maratha reservation issue.This has led to confusion among the people of both communities. I will hold the state government responsible for the widening rift between the two communities, Patil told reporters.Responding to a query, Patil said that chief minister Eknath Shinde has no control over his council of ministers. These ministers speak in different voices on the same issues. As the head of the government, Shinde must exercise his control over all the ministers, he added.The BJP leaders say that Shinde is the CM of the present coalition government. At the same time, they say after next years polls, the CM would be from BJP, said Patil, adding that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) continues to be extremely popular in the state. Patil further accused the government of ignoring the problems of the farmers caused by both, drought and unseasonal rain. We also published the following articles recentlyChhagan Bhujbal must resign, says his cabinet colleague Vikhe PatilState revenue minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil criticizes food and civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal, demanding his resignation before making public statements against cabinet decisions. Bhujbal had requested the disbanding of the Justice Shinde committee, which was established by a state cabinet decision. Bhujbal alleges the distribution of fake documents to prove Marathas OBC status and calls for the scrapping of Kunbi certificates. In response, Vikhe Patil urges Bhujbal to leave the cabinet before making such statements. Bhujbal offers to resign if the chief minister and deputy chief minister ask him to.At OBC rally, Bhujbal says stop giving Marathas Kunbi certsMaharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal called for a halt to the issuance of Kunbi certificates to Marathas due to an irrational surge in the number of Marathas obtaining such certificates. Bhujbal demanded the scrapping of the committee exploring reservation for Marathas based on their Kunbi background. Reservation activist Manoj Jarange accused Bhujbal of fuelling hatred between Marathas and OBCs, while Bhujbal criticized the Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission for studying only the isolated case of the Maratha community. Bhujbal also demanded police action against Maratha activists restricting the entry of public leaders in villages to gain support for their quota demand.Bhujbal seeks scrapping of Shinde panel, stay on Kunbi certificates to Marathas; Shiv Sena leader differsAmid the Maratha-OBC face-off over quotas, Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal demands a stay on Kunbi caste certificates issued to Marathas and disbanding of Justice Sandeep Shinde panel. Bhujbal also calls for a survey to check the caste-wise backwardness of all sections along with the Maratha community. He opposes the ongoing practice of obtaining Kunbi certificates by submitting fake or forged documents. Bhujbal states that Marathas should be given separate reservation and a comparative study should be done of all communities. He also mentions the need for facilities and funds for Mahajyoti.

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