Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Jul 17 UNI | 7 days ago

Maharashtra state Bharatiya Janata Party president Devendra Fadnavis today reiterated his party's stand in favour of reservation for the Maratha community in the state.

"Our party was always in favour of reservation for the Maratha community in the state since beginning but the lacklusture approach of the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party-led state government resulted in the reservation being challenged in the court," he told mediapersons here.

Fadnavis was in the city to attend the BJP divisional level core committee meeting today.

The Maharashtra BJP chief said, though the government had declared 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community and five per cent reservation for the Muslims in the state, an ordnance has been issued by the state governor in the case. "The state government should have filed a caveat petition in the court in order to make a strong legal position before issuing ordinance," he pointed out.

Further speaking about the Muslim reservation he cited the example of the Supreme Court rejecting the reservation announced by the Andhra Pradesh government for Muslims and said, 'as per our Constitution there is no provision to declare reservation based on religion and the BJP is not in favour of this decison which is taken against our Constitution.

"It is in view of the forthcoming Assembly election in the state that the Cong-NCP government has declared such reservation to Muslim for votes," he alleged.

He further alleged that Cong-NCP leaders in the state were involved in selling several acres of Waqf board lands that mere meant for welfare of the Muslim community and were involved in this corruption amounting to Rs 10,000 crore. "If BJP-SS grand alliance comes into power we will cancel all such dealings and will return the same land to the Waqf board," he added.

(Posted on 17-07-2014)