OBC Reservation Issue: By-elections will now be held without OBC reservation in Maharashtra, Supreme Court throws water on the hopes of Thackeray government

Highlights

  • Supreme Court increased the difficulties of Thackeray government
  • Zilla Parishad by-elections will be held in the state without OBC reservation
  • Government did not want elections without OBC reservation
  • Thackeray government can bring an ordinance in this regard in the upcoming assembly session.

Mumbai
The Thackeray government, which is opposing the holding of local elections without political OBC reservation, has received a major setback from the Supreme Court. Following the order of the Supreme Court, the State Election Commission has decided to hold by-elections for Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti in Maharashtra on Monday. These elections will be held on October 5.

The Supreme Court said that it is the job of the State Election Commission to conduct elections in the state. He can hold elections under his prerogative, considering the circumstances of the state. Also, the restrictions related to the corona epidemic will not apply in this by-election. At present, the cases of corona are coming very less in Maharashtra and the state government itself has given many concessions to the general public.

in the headlines OBC reservation issue
For the past few months, the issue of political OBC reservation in Maharashtra has been in the headlines. Almost every party had strongly advocated for giving OBC reservation to attract the OBC society towards itself. However, the issue of reservation in Maharashtra is currently the situation of Maratha society versus OBC society.

Maratha society is considered to be the traditional vote bank of Congress and NCP in Maharashtra. Whereas OBC society is inclined towards BJP and Shiv Sena. Thackeray may also have to bear the displeasure of the OBC society in the by-elections of the district panchayat. The government is afraid that the OBC voters may not turn away and move towards the BJP.

Preparing to bring an ordinance
Seeing the displeasure of the OBC community, Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vijay Wadettiwar said that the government is contemplating to bring an ordinance in this regard in the upcoming session. He said that most of the parties can get OBC candidates to contest from the open.

question on the intention of the government
On the other hand, the BJP sitting in the opposition has raised questions on the intention of the government. Praveen Darekar said that if the Thackeray government had acted in time and collected the imperial data, then perhaps the OBC quota would have been implemented again. At the same time, a few days ago, under the chairmanship of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, almost all the parties had a meeting regarding OBC reservation.

In this meeting, Uddhav Thackeray had said that he will demand for the Imperial data and if the data is not available, then there will be a demand to postpone the local body elections. However, the order of the Supreme Court has increased the difficulties of the government significantly.

uddhav thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

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