On the crucial issue of quota for the Maratha community, the state Assembly was adjourned twice.
The issue was said to be on the tabling in the House of the State Backward Class Commission’s report recommending quota for the Maratha community.
The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), it be mentioned, have been demanding since last week that the report is tabled in the legislature.
On Tuesday too, Congress’ Deputy Leader in the House Vijay Waddetiwar requested that the House be adjourned for 10 minutes since a meeting of group leaders of various parties was underway in the Legislature premises.
Notably, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, who heads the Cabinet sub-committee on the Maratha quota issue, had said that the government will introduce a bill on Thursday to provide reservation to Marathas under the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category before the end of the Legislature’s winter session.
Even after the law is passed, the facilities provided to the Maratha community for employment and educational purpose since the last two years would stay, he said.
On whether the quota would be more or less than 16 per cent, as was given by the previous government but did not stand in court, Patil had said that the percentage was being worked out.>