The Uddhav cabinet has given a green signal for giving 5 percent reservation to Muslims in government schools and colleges in Maharashtra. National spokesperson of NCP and Minister of Minority Affairs of Maharashtra, Nawab Malik said that it will be passed by the Assembly soon.
Minister Nawab Malik from NCP quota in Maharashtra said that after the matter went to the High Court, five percent reservation in government educational institutions should continue, but in December 2014 that ordinance ended. Malik said, “The previous government, a coalition between Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena and the BJP, didn’t give reservation for Muslims despite a court order. We will try to give reservation to Muslims in education by the end of this (assembly) session. We will try to give 5 per cent reservation.”
Earlier, NCP chief Sharad Pawar also praised the minorities during a program. Then he said that minorities, especially Muslims did not vote for the BJP in the state elections. He said that when community members take a decision it is to ensure defeat of a party. Before the 2014 assembly elections, the Congress-NCP coalition government of the state had arranged for reservation of 5 per cent quota for Muslims and also issued an ordinance in this regard.