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5% reservations to Muslims to be part of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress govt in Maharashtra, journalist claims

NCP leader Ajit Pawar has stated earlier today that Congress and NCP had a common manifesto. Since Sena had a different manifesto, they need to discuss with party leaders over a common minimum programme if the alliance takes shape.

As the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress gear up to form an alliance government in Maharashtra, there are several reports suggesting the probable workings of the alliance.

Sudhir Suryavanshi, a senior journalist and political analyst based in Mumbai who was earlier associated with DNA, has claimed that the Sena-NCP-Congress government will bring back the 5% reservations for Muslim as part of the common minimum programme in Maharashtra.

As per the report Suryavanshi shared, apart from the 5% Muslim reservation, other proposals, like waiving farm loan completely, conducting a review of the crop loan scheme, strengthening agriculture produce market committees etc will also be a part of the coalition government’s agenda.

It is notable here that the 5% Muslim reservation was scrapped by the BJP-Sena government when they had assumed power in the state in 2014.

Muslims in Maharashtra are already among the beneficiaries of the OBC reservation and the recently included EWS quota.

NCP chief Ajit Pawar has just stated that talks are being held between party leaders over the proposed alliance with the Sena. He asserted that they will first talk it through with the Congress as they were the alliance partners and both NCP and Congress had a common manifesto. Since Sena had a different manifesto, they will need to discuss on a common programme.

The Sena has been vehemently against many of the NCP-Congress schemes, especially the Muslim quota over the years. It will be interesting to see whether it will now agree to the re-introduction of the 5% quota to quench its thirst for power or will try to stand on its ideological ground.

The report Suryavanshi has shared has quoted NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik as saying the Sena should not have a problem with the 5% Muslim quota as it is no longer a part of the NDA. Malik has further been quoted as saying that the Sena should also drop its demand of the Bharat Ratna for Savarkar if they want to be a part of the alliance government.

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