Nagpur: Hours after the SC rejected the Maharashtra government’s Backward Classes Commission’s interim report recommending around 27% OBC quota in local bodies, A war of words broke out between the leaders of the ruling and opposition parties. However, both these factions have also agreed that the upcoming body elections should not be held at all without the OBC political quota being reinstated.
MLC Pravin Datke and Bharatiya Janata Party city president have also blamed the constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) for deliberately delaying the reservation given to the dominant community.
He has said that the OBC commission set up by him has failed to provide accurate information in its report to the apex court. He cannot even fill contractual posts in the commission at all. This also raises a lot of doubt about their intentions. And till date he was accusing the central government of not providing statistical data at all. Now that his report has been rejected, Then who will he blame now? Citizens will never completely forget Maha Vikas Aghadi inaction on this issue.
Simultaneously echoing the same sentiment, party general secretary and MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule has also accused the alliance partners – Congress, Shiv Sena, and NCP – of having done dishonesty with the OBC community.
He has said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi has also hatched a conspiracy to completely eliminate OBC reservation from politics. The top court has also been very strict on the interim report Which also shows the lack of preparedness on such a very important issue. The SC had also asked the government of Maha Vikas Aghadi on the date of December 13, 2019 to fulfill the criteria of triple test for grant of reservation. This had once again reminded him about it on the date of March 4, 2021.
Upcoming Civic Elections
Simultaneously responding to the criticism of the opposition on the failure of the government, State relief and rehabilitation minister Vijay Wadettiwar has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party has absolutely no right to blame him in any way. Because their governments in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are also facing similar issues. He has also told the media after the cabinet meeting in Mumbai that he is also exploring all possible options and making every effort to restore the reservation of OBCs.
On Wednesday, he had also reiterated that the upcoming civic elections should not be held without OBC reservation at all. And this was taken very clearly by the three partners of the government.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday held both Maha Vikas Aghadi and Bharatiya Janata Party responsible for the Supreme Court’s decision. State President Ranga Rachure has said that the Maha Vikas Aghadi had about two years to compile the empirical data of the OBC population in the state, But its negativity and indifference prevented it from doing so as well. On the other hand, the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party completely failed to get support from its party’s government at the Centre. Instead of working seriously to fulfill the directions of the apex court, both the factions have been indulging in the blame game all these years.