Government will not dilute SC/ST Act: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis
According to the chief minister, the people who misused the Atrocities Act can not be real followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
While the opposition demand to reconsider the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis stated that it wouldn't be diluted.
Opposition MLAs have demanded to review the stringent provisions, raising the allegations of its misuse.
"The Act was brought to provide total protection to the backwards category citizens. The government is of opinion that it's not in a spirit of the Act to review it," Fadnavis said while replying to a debate on the reservation in the Assembly on Friday.
According to the chief minister, the people who misused the Act cannot be real followers of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
"After Marathas, the Dalit communities also took out huge Morchas. Maharashtra is a progressive state and therefore, there are hardly chances of two communities clashing on such issues. Some, of course, tried to flare up the sentiments by giving it a communal angle, but didn't get any support."
Chief minister appealed to the leaders from all the communities should come together and discuss the issue of the misuse of the Act.
"Such issues should be resolved with discussions only and not through morchas or fights," the chief minister said.
"When I talked to their respective leaders, I realised that Dalits don't oppose reservation to Marathas, but said theirs shouldn't be disturbed. The OBCs also protested stating that their quota shouldn't be reduced due to Marathas. Even the Marathas don't want existing quota to be reduced," he added.