The Maharashtra authorities on Wednesday invited Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati for a dialogue with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after the BJP MP led a ‘silent’ sit-in protest to press the demand of reservations for the Maratha neighborhood at Kolhapur. Sambhajiraje, a direct descendant of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, welcomed the invite and stated he and different leaders of the agitation could meet Thackeray in Mumbai on Friday. The Rajya Sabha member earlier within the day launched a statewide agitation for Maratha quota with the sit-in at a memorial of Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj amid mild rain together with leaders from numerous events.
A number of Maratha organizations prolonged assist to the protest. Amongst these current have been Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi chief Prakash Ambedkar, Kolhapur guardian minister and Congress chief Satej Patil, state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil, Shiv Sena MP from the district Dhairyashil Mane and rural growth minister and NCP chief Hasan Mushrif. Ministers Satej Patil and Mushrif invited Sambhajiraje and representatives of the Maratha neighborhood to satisfy chief minister Thackeray, deputy CM Ajit Pawar and different cupboard members.
“As a consultant of the federal government, I want to say that the state authorities is constructive concerning the calls for associated to strengthening the Shahu Maharaj Analysis Coaching and Human Improvement Institute (SARTHI), Annasaheb Patil Mahamandal, concessions to the poor from the Maratha neighborhood (on the traces of OBCs) and new hostels for Maratha college students in each district,” Patil stated. “The chief minister is able to discuss to representatives of the Maratha neighborhood and I want to request Sambhajiraje to come back to Mumbai and maintain talks with the state authorities,” he added.
Mushrif stated he wouldn’t sit quiet until the state authorities fulfilled the calls for associated to SARTHI, Annasaheb Patil company and different points raised by Sambhajiraje. After the sit-in was over — throughout which speeches have been made however no slogans have been shouted — Sambhajiraje informed reporters that he welcomed the state authorities’s overture.
“Satej Patil, Mushrif put forth a very good stand by inviting us to have a dialogue with the CM and different ministers and I welcome it. Nonetheless, going to Mumbai for talks doesn’t imply we’re glad. We are going to go for the talks and see what occurs, however our scheduled agitations in Nashik, Aurangabad and different districts will proceed,” the BJP MP stated. As an alternative of Thursday, as prompt by Patil, they’d attempt to meet the chief minister on June 18, Sambhajiraje stated.
Shri Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaj, one other member of the Kolhapur royal household, stated that submitting a assessment petition or healing petition within the Supreme Courtroom in opposition to its Could 5 choice to quash Maratha quota shall be time-consuming. “The one possibility is the Centre ought to take the difficulty severely… if the Centre takes the difficulty severely and makes needed amendments within the regulation, it will likely be resolved,” he stated. The state authorities mentioned the difficulty with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was stated to be constructive about it, he stated, including. “We have to know what the PM thinks concerning the concern.” Sena MP Mane, who took half within the protest whereas on saline drip, stated he had been suggested relaxation after recovering from COVID-19, however he stepped out for the trigger.
State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil, who had been essential of Sambhajiraje and had requested if the latter had taken up the protest to get a second Rajya Sabha time period, handed over his letter of assist to the MP. The protest got here amid excessive COVID-19 positivity fee in Kolhapur district. Shailesh Balkawde, district Superintendent of Police, stated the organizers have been requested to observe COVID-19-appropriate conduct.
Final month, the Supreme Courtroom struck down a 2018 Maharashtra regulation granting quota to Marathas in faculty admissions and authorities jobs, terming it as “unconstitutional”, and held there have been no distinctive circumstances to justify a breach of the 50 % reservation cap set by the 1992 Mandal verdict.