Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday reached Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in Delhi for a meeting with him. He was accompanied by Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Cabinet minister Ashok Chavan. Maratha quota, OBC reservation, and Cyclone Tauktae relief for Maharashtra are the issues to be discussed with PM Modi in the meeting.
However, the Prime Minister’s office tweeted an image of Thackeray and his delegation with PM Modi.
State Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil had said on Monday that CM Uddhav Thackeray will discuss issues like the Maratha quota and financial aid for cyclone relief measures in the meeting with PM Modi.
Last month Thackeray had written to the Prime Minister, requesting him to declare the Maratha community in the state as a Socially and Educationally Backward caste so they could claim 12 percent reservation in education and 13 percent reservation in jobs.
The Maharashtra government had extended EWS (economically weaker section) benefits on May 31 including 10 percent reservation to the Maratha community. Reservation was given to Marathas in 2018 by the Devendra Fadnavis government.
But, the Supreme Court last week struck down the quota, calling it unconstitutional. A five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta, and Ravindra Bhat in its judgment said that that people from the Maratha community cannot be declared as educationally and socially backward community to bring them within the reserved category. The court also said the 2018 law for the Maratha quota had pushed reservations in jobs and education over the current 50 percent cap.
However, Thackeray’s visit comes after Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamana said in its editorial on May 31 that the battle for the Maratha reservation will be fought in Delhi.