NCP leader Nawab Malik addressing a press conference
Maharashtra minority affairs minister Nawab Malik | ANI File Photo
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Mumbai: An NCP minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra announced on Friday that a law will be enacted to give five per cent quota to Muslims in education, but a senior Shiv Sena minister said later that no such decision had been taken.

Replying to a question by Congress’ Sharad Ranpise in the Legislative Council, Minority Affairs Minister and NCP leader Nawab Malik said the government will ensure that a law giving five percent quota to Muslims in education is passed soon.

He also assured that “appropriate action” would be taken before the next academic year starts.

But soon thereafter, Urban Development Minister and senior Sena leader Eknath Shinde said no decision had been taken on this issue yet.

“Leaders of the MVA will together take a call on policy decisions about giving reservation to any community.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take appropriate decisions at appropriate time. No decision has been taken yet,” he told reporters.

Malik, however, reiterated outside the legislature what he had announced inside.

“The (Bombay) High Court had approved (for Muslims) five per cent reservation in government education (institutes),” he told reporters.

“We will come out with an Act to ensure five per cent reservation in government education. The government will definitely take decision on giving reservation (to Muslims),” the NCP leader said.

The then Congress-NCP government in the state had issued an ordinance giving five per cent quota to Muslims in 2014 along with 16 per cent quota for the Maratha community.

The BJP-Shiv Sena government which followed enacted a law for Maratha reservation but dropped the Muslim quota.

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  1. Shiv Sena & It’s is a covid-19 for maharashtra and indian politics.
    2nd highest religious community of india is getting reservation. India from 2020 was suppose to be free from devil thing reservation, but only for vote bank these uneducated illiterate politicians bring up more and more reservation.
    If they really care on India and Indian citizen reservation should have been eliminated long years ago.
    Actual reservation is required to minorities of population. But this community are real beggars in life and will always be. How much you give to beggars they want more.
    Shiv sena who are always against this community now wants to give reservation. Ao india is 1.5billion population in which only 60% left for general category to apply. Than what will be left in there hands..
    I would urge all general category hindus , parsis, christian, jain, sindhi should condemn these political steps and protest against this useless and beggar politician. Otherwise in near future there would be no Hindu , Parsis, Christian, Jain, Sindhi would be left in Hindustan.

  2. If one considers the socio – economic condition of Indian Muslims, a 5% quota is justified. The stock reply is that the Constitution does not provide for reservation on religious grounds. See how easily it was amended to provide reservation for the economically less well off from the general category.


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