Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis calls all-party meeting to discuss Maratha quota

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

File photo of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has convened an all-party meeting today to discuss the Maratha quota agitation issue.

Violence has been reported in parts of the state following the ongoing protests.

The state government said it was committed to providing reservation to the Maratha community.

The state government has also said it will provide all possible assistance to the Backward Classes Commission to expedite its survey work. The commission is tasked with collecting data about the socio-economic condition of the Maratha community. The commission’s findings are to be provided to the Bombay High Court, which is examining the legality of the quota in jobs and education for the Marathas.

Senior Maharashtra minister Chandrakant Patil, who heads a cabinet committe on Maratha reservations, urged the Backward Classes Commission to submit its report expeditiously.

The Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state’s population, have been demanding 16 per cent reservation.

The ongoing agitation turned violent leaving three people dead and several including policemen injured.