Making his stand on reservation clear again, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray reportedly said reservation based on the caste should be scrapped in the country.
Thackeray’s statement comes amidst the Maratha community carrying out massive rallies across the state demanding reservation in the jobs and education and changes in the SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
While addressing party members in Thane, MNS Chief said, “I am strictly against caste based reservations. Economically weaker sections of the society, irrespective of caste, should be given reservation.
“Politics is rife over the issue. Everyone is trying to gain out of it. This is nothing but dividing the society.”
Thackeray also accused former Prime Minister V P Singh for bringing the reservation system in the country.
Commenting on the reservation protests in the state, Thackeray said that the Maratha community is conducting “disciplined” protest marches across the state.
However, opposing their demands, the MNS chief was quoted by Catchnews as saying: “Interestingly, there is not a single leader or political party that is against Maratha reservation. Still, it can’t be implemented. Everyone, including Sharad Pawar knows the reason. Yet they are misleading Maratha community.”
“All those supporting the Maratha reservation are only concerned about their vote bank and the forthcoming civic elections,” he added.
The Maratha Community’s protest, which started after the alleged rape and murder of a Maratha girl by some Dalits youths in July, demands also include a strong action against the culprits of Kopardi rape and murder case.
Meanwhile, many village panchayats in Maharashtra passed the reservation and other resolutions in their general body meetings in support of the Maratha Kranti morcha, media reports revealed.