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Maratha Reservation Bill: Shiv Sena, BJP issue whips to members for presence in House

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

and (BJP) have issued whips to their respective members directing them to be present in their respective houses- legislative assembly and legislative council- in view of the tabling of the Reservation Bill.

On November 18, the government approved the Reservation Bill, for which the community has been protesting since 2017. Once the Bill is passed in the Assembly and notified, the Marathas will be entitled to reservation in government jobs and admissions in government institutions in the state.

Earlier, had said that as per the recommendation of the State Backward Class Commission, the will give independent reservation to the people belonging to the community under a category called Socially and Economically Backwards or SEBC.

State Backward Class Commission had submitted its report in the matter to D K Jain on November 15.

The had suggested 16 per cent reservation for the Maratha community, stating that the community is socially and economically backward. The Maratha community accounts for 33 per cent of the state's total population.

Earlier on August 9, 2018, around 194 people were detained for rioting and arson after a protest, seeking the reservation for the Maratha community, turned violent.

In 2014, the then Congress-Nationalist Party (NCP) government had announced 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and five per cent reservation for the Muslims. However, the stayed the decision in response to a PIL

On Tuesday, Fadnavis said that the reservation for Maratha community in the government jobs and admission in public sector academic institutions would not have any adverse impact on the state's existing quota policy.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 13:05 IST