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Friday, July 26, 2019

After Marathas get quota in Maharashtra, Dhangars in queue

Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil had said that the government is fully committed to providing the quotas to the Dhangars under the ST by changing it from the existing Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT) category.

After Marathas get quota in Maharashtra


Last year, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Maharashtra government cleared the long-pending quotas in education and jobs for Marathas and reaped rich benefits at the hustings, bagging 42 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Now, as the Assembly elections are around the corner, other groups including the Dhangar community (shepherds) are demanding separate reservation, as are Muslims and Lingayats.
The Maratha Kranti Thok Morcha (MKTM), which spearheaded the cause of the community's demands for past over four years, finally notched victory last year with the state government acceding to 16 per cent quota for Marathas with unanimous support from all parties.
However, the Bombay High Court later amended it to make it 12 per cent in education and 13 per cent in jobs under a new category of Socially and Economically Backward Class.
But, like Oliver Twist, the Marathas "want some more" and are now eyeing a direct role in the state polity-- several factions of the MKTM announced this week that they plan to contest a majority of the 288 assembly seats in the upcoming elections.
The Marathas are around one-third of the state's 11.5 crore population and could pose a significant challenge to both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine and the Opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance.
Their justification for attempting to get a chunk of power "is improper implementation of the quotas which could still be challenged legally," according to MKTM leader Abasaheb Patil.
On the other hand, the Dhangars have got reservation under the Vimukta Jati and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT) category in the state, but are demanding it under the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category.

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