Maharashtra’s Chhagan Bhujbal puts responsibility for OBC booking on Fadnavis

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal said on Sunday that it was now up to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his government to secure the OBC reservations from the Supreme Court.

Amid the high-tension political drama in Maharashtra, the NCP held a meeting at the auditorium of the Yashwantrao Chavan Center on Sunday to discuss the way forward.

After the meeting, Bhujbal told reporters that the issue of OBC bookings was on the agenda of the meeting.

“Discussions related to OBC bookings were held during the meeting. We submitted reports. Now it is up to the Deputy Chief Minister and his government to get Supreme Court bookings,” he said. said the head of the NCP.

Asked about the Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Bhujbal said, “We have yet to decide on the name of the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly.”

Notably, a day after the formation of the new government in Maharashtra, the deputy chief minister of the state, Devendra Fadnavis, on Friday held a meeting regarding the OBC reserve at Mantralaya in Mumbai.

Maharashtra Chief Secretary Manukumar Srivastava, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Leader Pravin Darekar and Dr. Sanjay Kute were also present at today’s meeting.

In March this year, the Supreme Court refused to accept the recommendation of the Maharashtra State Backward Classes Commission to reinstate a 27% Other Backward Classes (OBC) reserve in the upcoming local elections.

The then Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra decided to explore legal options for restoration of Other Backward Class (OBC) reservation in local body polls. The issue was raised by the BJP in the Maharashtra Assembly.

Maharashtra’s new government, which came to power after the 10-day rebellion of Shiv Sena MLA Eknath Shinde brought Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, will face the test of the ground on Monday, the second day of the special session of the State Legislative Assembly.

Earlier on Sunday evening, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his faction of Shiv Sena MPs held a meeting with CM MP Devendra Fadnavis, BJP MPs and other party leaders at a hotel in Mumbai. to develop a strategy for the ground test.

Fadnavis claimed that the Shinde government will prove its majority with 166 votes.

At present, the BJP has 106 MPs in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly, and Shinde leads 39 rebel Shiv Sena legislators and some independents. Following the recent death of a Shiv Sena MP, the current membership of the Assembly is reduced to 287, so the majority is 144.

The Shinde-led camp and the BJP scored a big victory on Sunday when BJP’s Rahul Narwekar was elected Speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly by defeating Shiv Sena candidate Rajan Salvi.

Interestingly, amid the ongoing battle between two Shiv Sena factions led by Eknath Shinde and Uddhav Thackeray, the two sides sent separate whips to party MPs to vote for their respective candidates in the election of the president on Sunday and then accused each other of violating them. .

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, who is in the Uddhav Thackeray camp, said 39 party MPs did not obey their whip, adding that they had asked for their disqualification from the Assembly of the ‘State.

However, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker Rahul Narwekar took note of the letter sent by Bharat Gogawale, who is the chief whip of the faction led by Eknath Shinde. Gogawale said 16 Shiv Sena MPs violated the whip.

Narwekar received a total of 164 votes of support and 107 went to

Shiv Sena candidate account. In the presidential elections, 12 deputies were absent and 3 legislators abstained from voting.

In the latest development, the Uddhav Thackeray faction of Sena has also started legal proceedings to disqualify 16 MPs, including Shinde.

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