Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday said that it is a government of three parties in the state so he will keep the issue regarding Muslim reservation before the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis.
“Earlier, when the reservation was given, the court had given permission for reservation in education but not in employment. This is the government of three parties. So I will keep this issue before CM and Deputy CM, and we will try to find a solution for it,” he said in a press briefing in Pune.
He added that if required they will approach the higher leadership for a decision.
Pawar further said that he conveyed a meeting with Minority Affairs Department and also some officials from Waqf Board to discuss about Maulana Azad Board and lands of Waqf Board.
“Me as a Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of the state conveyed a meeting with Minority Affairs Department where Minister for Rural Development Hasan Mushrif, Minister of State for Rural Development Abdul Sattar, and some officials from Waqf Board were present to discuss about Maulana Azad Board and lands of Waqf board. This is because we must think about them also, they are here in Maharashtra and India and I work as per the ideology of legends Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Mahatama Phule,” he added.
In 2014, the Congress-NCP alliance government awarded five per cent reservation to the Muslim community for educational institutions and government jobs on the basis of their backwardness. However, this reservation was not executed by the subsequent governments.