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“Will Try Till The Last Moment”: Maharashtra Dy CM Ajit Pawar On OBC Reservation

Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar today said the MVA(Maharashtra Vikas Agadi) will approach the Supreme Court once the committee is formed to collect empirical data for the OBC quota and submits its report to the government next month.

The Madhya Pradesh supreme court yesterday allowed the Madhya Pradesh government to hold local body polls with the OBC quota. Mr.Pawar said the Maharashtra government has started taking steps to see if such a decision can be applicable to Maharashtra as well. The Maharashtra government will not let the total reservation cross the 50 percent cap while ensuring a quota for the OBC.

When asked about Nana Patole’s allegations (“MVA partners should have been taken into confidence while drafting the ward structure for the polls to civic bodies”) his response was “Ward structuring was done under the State Election Commission’s leadership and suggestions and objections were also sought before the panel took a decision on it”.He also denied commenting any further.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said Maharashtra should seek the Madhya Pradesh Backward Class Commission’s final report on the basis of which local body polls were allowed there with the OBC quota. MP Backward Class Commission was set up by the (previous) Kamal Nath government, hence (present Madhya Pradesh CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan set up a separate three-member commission he added.

Mr. Sawant while referring to the court judgement said that “On May 10, the Supreme Court refused to see the report saying mere preparation of the first report cannot be regarded as complete compliance with the ‘triple test’ requirement”.

There is criticism among political circles in Madhya-Pradhesh that the survey (for the OBC population) was “invisible” as the report was not shown to anyone. 

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