Sharad Pawar meets PM, pitches for quota for Marathas
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and pitched for reservation for the Maratha community without diluting the quota for other communities.
Meeting the Prime Minister for the first time after the Maratha agitation broke out in Maharashtra, Pawar said the community needed facilities that were available to others less privileged as a “substantial section of the Marathas subsist on farming”. After the meeting, Pawar told a news agency that he requested for initiating a coordinated action in the Parliament in this crucial matter which pertained both to the state and central governments.
The silent marches taken out by Maratha Kranti Morcha around Maharashtra to highlight demands like reservation in jobs and education have created ripples in state politics, with major players adopting a “wait and watch” approach to see if the massive mobilisation will eventually assume electoral dimensions.
Observers say that all main parties--BJP, Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP--are unnerved by the huge success of the rallies, the immediate trigger for them being the rape and murder of a girl from the community in Ahmednagar. During the meeting, Pawar also discussed the issues faced by sugarcane growers and the sugar industry.