Payback time: Marathas vouch for Muslim community’s demand for reservation in govt jobs

By: | Published: September 29, 2016 8:57 AM

Muslim community's demand for reservations in the government jobs has been strengthened with the pitching in of the Maratha leaders as well. Whether this pitching will actually help in getting a reserved seat needs to be seen but for now, it is indicating towards a new potential alliance in Maharashtra.

This came as giving back by the Marathas as they believe that they were supported by the Muslim community during their own struggle. (Source: IE)This came as giving back by the Marathas as they believe that they were supported by the Muslim community during their own struggle. (Source: IE)

Muslim community’s demand for reservations in the government jobs has been strengthened with the pitching in of the Maratha leaders as well. Whether this pitching will actually help in getting a reserved seat needs to be seen but for now, it is indicating towards a new potential alliance in Maharashtra.

This came as giving back by the Marathas as they believe that they were supported by the Muslim community during their own struggle. The Maratha leaders in all support said that the Muslims extended their voice not only to them during their Maratha Kranti Morcha marches but also by providing help in the form of amenities like refreshment.

Ajay Bhosale of the Sambhaji Brigade, which has been leading Maratha morchas from the front across the state said ‘They did not just join the marches, but also extended help like giving water and refreshments to the participants. And this happened across Maharashtra.’ And thus this time, they are standing united for the Muslim community’s call for reservation in jobs. He added that just like their community, the Muslims too have a large section struggling with poverty and unemployment. He said that this is because they have no reservations and that is why they will extend their support to them for the Government to take notice.

This comes after the Dalit community had also put in their vote in this demand for Muslim reservation in govet jobs. Dalit leaders like Prakash Ambedkar and Ramdas Athawale had also backed the marches while more such marches are now being planned in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.

Welcoming the support from the Maratha community, MIM leader Imtiaz Jaleel said, “It is a good development. The Muslim community has supported the Marathas on their demand for reservations and also lent its cooperation to the morchaites,” he said. He quoted the government’s decision of five percent reservation since the Maratha and Muslims are two communities which are socially and educationally backward and also economically poor.

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