The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government believes that the upcoming civic and local body elections in Maharashtra will be held with OBC political reservation, just hours after the Supreme Court authorised local body elections in Madhya Pradesh with OBC reservation. NCP
Minister and Samata Parishad founder Chhagan Bhujbal stated that a dedicated commission for OBCs will soon give critical empirical data to the state government, which will be filed to the top court, paving the road for OBC quota elections.
"The Supreme Court's decision affects the entire country.
This implies that it will also apply to Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government has made every move on the correct path thus far. Maharashtra will hold civic and local body elections with OBC reservation, he said. According to Bhujbal, the state government has received the report on OBC empirical data compiled by the Madhya Pradesh government-appointed panel. "After adjustments, the state government would receive the final report from Madhya Pradesh in a month.
With OBC reservation, we would be able to organise elections. The Supreme Court's decision today will affect the entire country. In other words, Maharashtra will have elections with OBC reservations," Bhujbal added. "The Supreme Court has allowed the OBC reservation in Madhya Pradesh," Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad stated. Why doesn't this apply to Maharashtra? The Supreme Court applied Madhya Pradesh's decision to hold elections without an OBC quota last week across the country. Now, take today's ruling and apply it to the entire country."
Meanwhile, Nana Patole, the state Congress
chief, questioned what miracle occurred in the previous four days when the Supreme Court allowed MP to hold local body elections with an OBC quota. He said that Maharashtra would hold civic and local body elections with an OBC quota.
"For the past two years, Maharashtra has been struggling to restore OBC political reservation, but the Central Government has consistently hindered it by refusing to provide the empirical facts essential for the reservation," he said. "What data did the Madhya Pradesh government submit to the Supreme Court that satisfied it?" Patole said, "Did the central government disclose the data to the Madhya Pradesh government?"