Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on June 8 to discuss the Maratha reservation issue, according to Shiv Sena sources.
Confirming the same, State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said that a delegation of Maharashtra government led by CM Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy CM Ajit Pawar will meet PM Modi in Delhi on June 8.
Recently, Uddhav Thackeray wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to take steps to declare the Maratha community in the state as Socially and Educationally Backward (SEBC) to enable them to claim the reservation in education and public employment at least to 12 per cent and 13 per cent respectively.
“The Judgement delivered by the Constitution Bench (comprising of five Judges) of the Supreme Court on May 5, 2021, has given me this occasion to write to you with the earnest request that appropriate steps be taken at the earliest to grant reservation to the Maratha community from my State, albeit in accordance with the law, to the minimum extent of 12 per cent in Education and 13 per cent in Public Employment,” the Maharashtra Chief Minister had written.
The court regarding this had said that that people from the Maratha community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward community to bring them within the reserved category.
Responding to the Supreme Court’s observation, the Shiv Sena has told that only the Central government has the right to make such law regarding the reservation.
However, the meeting will also focus on other important topics – Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra, Relief package and GST returns for the state.