Shiv Sena supports reservation demands for Maratha community, goes against party’s stance under Bal Thackeray


The Shiv Sena on Monday said it supported the Maratha community’s demands for reservations in educational institutions and government jobs.The Sena’s comments came a day after Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said a special session of the Maharashtra legislature would be convened to pass a “law or a resolution” on providing reservation for Marathas. He said that a special session of the House would be called after the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission submitted its report to the state government.Following this, however, the Sena said there was no need to wait for the Backward Class Commission to submit its report, and urged the state government to immediately convene a session to discuss the issue.As reported by The Times of India, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray also came out in support of reservations, saying the “need of the hour” is to pacify Marathas.“The Sena doesn’t want the peace of the state to be impaired on the reservation issue. Whatever may be the criteria, the Maratha community’s demands should be met immediately,” Thackeray was quoted as saying in the report, while adding that quota benefits for the Marathas shouldn’t come at the cost of other communities’ reservations.The Sena wasn’t alone in seeking reservations for Marathas; the Congress also backed the protesters’ demands. The latter also wrote to Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao.