Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) led by Shiv Sena faces a major challenge to pacify the Maratha community and other backward classes (OBCs) who decided to hold a statewide protest on Thursday, demanding the restoration of their respective reserves.

On a day when Chhatrapati Sambhajiraje, a direct descendant of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj led a silent sit-in in Kolhapur to pressure the demand for reservations for the Maratha community, NCP Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, who is one of the Founders of Akhil Bharatiya Samata Parishad, announced statewide unrest from June 17.

Sambhajiraje welcomed the state government’s invitation to talks and said he and other leaders could meet with CM Uddhav Thackeray on Friday. Shahu Chhatrapati Maharaj, another member of the Kolhapur royal family, said it will take time to file a review or curative petition with the Supreme Court against its May 5 decision to remove the Maratha quota. time.

“The only option is for the Center to take the problem seriously. If the Center takes the issue seriously and makes the necessary changes to the law, it will be resolved, ”he said. On the other hand, Bhujbal, who has held meetings with CBO leaders and Samata Parishad workers, clarified that the agitation is not against the Center or the state government.

“We have no objection to providing reserves to the Maratha community, but the government should not touch the OBC quota. The Supreme Court’s order on the annulment of the 27% political quota for CBOs in local bodies will impact approximately 55,000 to 60,000 seats across the state. It is necessary to collect OBC data from house to house. Therefore, the proposed agitation is aimed at protecting the OBC reserve, ” he noted.

Bhujbal recalled that Uddhav chaired two meetings on CBO issues and also addressed it during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, he insisted that even though the Supreme Court overturned the quota, that does not mean the issue is over.

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