Deshmukh uses quota card to woo Marathas

 Sep 17, 2008 at 0031 hrs IST
 Mumbai, September 17 In an obvious move to reach out to the Maratha community on the eve of the polls, the state Government has decided to sympathetically consider the community’s demand for reservations.
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh gave this assurance in a meeting with the representatives of the Maratha community co-ordination committee who met him on Tuesday to stress their demands for the inclusion of the community, which comprises almost 30 per cent of the state’s population, in the OBC list. Deputy Chief Minister R R Patil was also present at the meeting.

Deshmukh said they were considering how the benefits of reservations could be extended to the Maratha community while adhering to the legal framework. They were seeking information from other states in this regard.

Representatives of Maratha organisations, including NCP leader and former MLC Vinayak Mete, who heads Shiv Sangram that organised an attack on the residence of Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar, and Purushottam Khedekar of the Maratha Sewa Sangh were present on the occasion.

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