Maratha Reservation: Is Sambhaji Raje's statement 'Give reservation only to poor Marathas' inconsistent with the original position?

The rich Maratha community does not want one per cent reservation with me, but help the 30 per cent poor Maratha community, "said MP Sambhaji Raje." We have a role to play. We will present a detailed position on May 28

Maratha Reservation: Is Sambhaji Raje's statement 'Give reservation only to poor Marathas' inconsistent with the original position?
Maratha Reservation: Is Sambhaji Raje's statement 'Give reservation only to poor Marathas' inconsistent with the original position?

Maratha Reservation: Is Sambhaji Raje's statement 'Give reservation only to poor Marathas' inconsistent with the original position?

The rich Maratha community does not want one per cent reservation with me, but help the 30 per cent poor Maratha community, "said MP Sambhaji Raje." We have a role to play. We will present a detailed position on May 28. It is only possible to give reservation to the poor Maratha community. The question is being posed.

MP Sambhaji Raje is currently touring the state after the Supreme Court canceled the Maratha reservation. This time he was speaking in Aurangabad.

What exactly is the demand of Sambhaji Raje? Are they demanding financial reservation for the poor Marathas? According to the law passed by the state government, there was an income limit. So is Sambhaji Raje's current demand independent or is it the same? Such questions are being raised by the elements related to Maratha reservation.

What exactly did Sambhaji Raje say?

MP Sambhaji Raje has made a statement that reservation should be given to poor Marathas but not rich.

He said, "The structure implemented by Shivaji Maharaj and Shahu Maharaj should be applied to today's Maharashtra. The justice received by the Bahujans should also be given to the Maratha community. There is unrest in the Maratha community. What to do about reservation? What is the next direction? The tour is not political and has nothing to do with any political party. The Maratha community is primarily a poor Maratha community. It is time to give justice to the community. "

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"I am saying that the rich Maratha community does not need reservations with me. But help the 30 per cent poor Maratha community, do not give reservations to the rich like me."

The agitators of Maratha Kranti Morcha say that confusion has been created as MP Sambhaji Raje has demanded reservation for the Maratha community.

Has Sambhaji Raje taken a U-turn?

The bill to give 16 per cent reservation to the Maratha community was unanimously passed in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. The State Backward Classes Commission in its report recommended that reservation should be given to the Marathas as they are socially and educationally backward.

As per his recommendation, the state government passed the reservation law in the legislature. But the Supreme Court has struck down the law, saying the state government does not have the right to grant reservations.

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Speaking to BBC Marathi, Rakesh Tekale, a lawyer in the state government-appointed committee of advocates for Maratha reservation, said: No reservation has been given to the entire Maratha community. Therefore, the basic demand is that those who are economically backward should get reservation. "

He further said, "Reservation has an income limit. Therefore, there is an income limit to be eligible for reservation in education and employment. Therefore, the law enacted by the state says that socially and economically poor communities should get reservation. Various measures are being discussed to get this reservation."

Initially, the demand was for the entire Maratha community to get reservation, says Pradip Kashid, state coordinator of the Maratha Revolutionary Front.

The state government, however, clarified the income limit in the law after conducting a survey. But he also said that the Maratha community has no objection to this.

Speaking to BBC Marathi, Pradip Kashid said, "As Sambhaji Raje says, what exactly will be the definition of poor Maratha? Because the government's law also has a condition of income of Rs 8 lakh. So Sambhaji Raje is demanding according to the law that this is his separate demand? Is reservation for poor Marathas a new demand now? Therefore, the statement creates confusion. This confusion can also be created in the Maratha community. Therefore, Sambhaji Raje should explain exactly what he wants to say. "

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MP Sambhaji Raje did not explain his exact role in the press conference. He said that he would hold a press conference on May 28 to discuss in detail what to do next on the issue of Maratha reservation.

Is it possible to increase the limit of EWS for Maratha reservation?

In October 2020, MP Udayan Raje had also demanded reservation based on economic criteria. Praveen Gaikwad, state president of Sambhaji Brigade, had said, "Maratha community cannot get reservation under SEBC, so whatever they get under EWS should be taken down."

In India, the law provides for reservation in government jobs and education mainly for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as well as OBCs. But special reservation can be given to some sections like deprived tribes, linguistic minorities, special backward classes (SBC) as well as socially and economically backward classes. Every state has different rules about that.

EWS stands for Econo