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Maratha Reservation: Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Announces Special Assembly Session in February

Chief Minister emphasizes the Maratha community's right to progress through reservation

December 21, 2023: In a significant development, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde declared in the Legislative Assembly that a Special Assembly Session would be convened in February to address the issue of Maratha Reservation. The Chief Minister expressed optimism, citing the curative petition as a ray of hope in rectifying the situation. Shinde assured that the government is actively working to eliminate errors and provide reservation to the Maratha community within the legal framework.

During a lengthy and intense discussion in the assembly, Chief Minister Shinde highlighted the community’s desire for progress through reservation and underscored their rightful claim. He acknowledged the tragic consequences of the demand, with individuals resorting to extreme measures, including suicides. Shinde emphasized that the Maratha community, which has played a crucial role in Maharashtra’s development, deserves reservation from day one.

Addressing the assembly, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed concern over attempts to sow discord within the society and urged everyone to maintain calm. He emphasized the government’s commitment to providing reservation and called for unity among all castes, stating that each component should receive an equal share.

The Chief Minister’s speech outlined key points, including the history of Maratha reservation, efforts to address the issue, and the formation of committees. He highlighted the government’s commitment to equal justice, citing the ongoing work of the Shinde committee. Shinde assured that action would be taken against the issuance of false certificates and reaffirmed the government’s dedication to empowering youth for a better livelihood.

As the Chief Minister detailed various schemes and initiatives benefiting not only the Maratha community but also the OBC community, he pointed out the need to rectify past mistakes. He mentioned the curative petition as a ray of hope and outlined the government’s plan to call a special session in February to grant reservation without affecting other communities’ rights.

Following Chief Minister Shinde’s response, the opposition walked out of the assembly, citing the need for clarification on certain points and alleging bias by the Assembly Speaker. The opposition emphasized the importance of addressing the concerns raised during the discussion on Maratha reservation and boycotted the assembly session.

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