BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said he will retire from politics if his saffron party fails to restore the OBC quota in local bodies in the state. He said this while addressing party workers at Variety Square during the BJP’s chakka jam agitation for the restoration of the OBC quota.
Fadnavis also levelled serious allegations against Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government for misleading the people by saying that it will raise this issue in Parliament. He said that the issue can be resolved by the state government and there is no need of going to Parliament.
The leader of the Opposition said, “The fact is that this issue can be resolved at the state level. The state government can restore the reservation by formulating a law. There is no need for any act of the Central government. That is why OBC reservation is prevalent in other states except in Maharashtra. You (MVA) will have to make a law. We will not stop until we expose their lie. This protest is held to condemn this government on the issue.”
Fadnavis asks OBC leaders to unite
Fadnavis, who represents Nagpur’s South-West seat in the Assembly, said OBCs are being purposely deprived of the political reservation.
“I want to appeal to all the OBC ministers in the MVA government. There is no enmity between us and them. If you are honest towards the cause of the OBCs then regardless of party lines we are ready to stand with you. I want to tell you with full confidence that within the next three to four months we can bring back the OBC reservation. If you give us power…I want to tell you with confidence that if I fail to bring back the political reservation for OBCs, I will retire from politics,” he said.
What SC said about OBC reservation
The Supreme Court had in its March 4 order said that reservation in favour of OBCs in concerned local bodies in Maharashtra cannot exceed aggregate 50 per cent of the total seats reserved for Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and OBCs took together.
The apex court, while reading down section 12(2)(c) of the Maharashtra Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis Act 1961, which provided 27 per cent reservation for persons belonging to the backward class, also quashed the notifications issued by the state election commission in 2018 and 2020 providing reservation exceeding 50 per cent in local bodies of some districts.
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