Maratha quota, GST dues: Team Uddhav meets PM Modi, hopeful of positive response

IN ONLY his second assembly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he grew to become the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday held talks with the PM in New Delhi over state points, in addition to met him privately for about half-hour — setting political circles abuzz within the state.

Chatting with the media, Thackeray expressed satisfaction over the conferences, the place he and two Cupboard members raised 12 points, key amongst them being reservation for Marathas and GST dues. “We met the PM on vital points of the state and gave him notes on all. He heard us significantly and promised to look into them. We’re hopeful the PM will resolve the problems positively.” The CM stated he additionally thanked Modi on the change in vaccine coverage, beneath which the Centre will now do the procurement.

Other than Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and PWD Minister Ashok Chavan, Thackeray was accompanied by Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte.

On his one-on-one assembly with Modi, the CM stated: “Right now we aren’t politically collectively, however that doesn’t imply that the connection has damaged. There’s nothing fallacious if I meet him. I didn’t go to satisfy Nawaz Sharif.” The Nawaz Sharif comment was apparently a reference to Modi’s shock go to to the previous Pakistani PM in December 2015. Nonetheless, Thackeray didn’t give any particulars concerning what he mentioned with the PM.

Chavan, who’s the chairman of a Maharashtra Cupboard sub-committee on Maratha quota, stated that as per the latest Supreme Courtroom order, the ultimate say in regard to inclusion or exclusion of SEBCs (Socially and Educationally Backward Courses) for reservations lies with the Centre. “So, we requested the PM to provoke the authorized course of. Even when states get the ability for SEBC reservation, it is not going to be helpful as a result of 50% higher restrict for reservation. There’s a must chill out that restrict. The PM assured us that he’ll get info on this and take additional steps,” the Congress chief stated.

On the Supreme Courtroom staying the state’s reservation of 27% of seats in native our bodies for OBCs, Thackeray requested Modi to offer the related knowledge from the 2011 Census and to incorporate OBC as a separate class within the 2021 Census. OBCs, it stated, ought to be given constitutional standing, the identical as Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, quite than remaining statutory.

The CM urged the PM to additionally transfer the apex court docket to dispose of all pending petitions on reservation in promotions.

The row over land for a Bombay Metro automotive depot additionally got here up, with Thackeray looking for a unanimous answer exterior the court docket. The Shiv Sena has led the problem from the entrance and it’s prone to acquire political momentum once more forward of the BMC polls early subsequent 12 months.

Over vaccines, Thackeray, welcoming the change in coverage introduced Monday, stated: “We now count on the obstacles confronted by us to be eliminated and all individuals, not simply of Maharashtra however of the nation, to get vaccinated as quickly as attainable.”

The opposite points raised by the Thackeray-led delegation had been the names for 12 nominated seats to the Legislative Council that are pending with the Governor; improve in compensation for individuals affected by pure calamities; the ‘Beed mannequin’ of crop insurance coverage, guaranteeing companies don’t make greater than 20% revenue, to be carried out by the Centre; and fee of GST dues of Rs 24,306 crore owed to Maharashtra in addition to of Rs 2,562 crore arrears to be given to native our bodies as per the 14th Finance Fee.

As information emerged of the Modi-Thackeray separate assembly, BJP MP Udayan Raje claimed it could set in course of reunion of the Shiv Sena and BJP, and “a brand new realignment of political forces within the state”. “The target of the assembly was to place an finish to the bitterness between the BJP and Sena,” Raje stated.

The Sena and BJP have been at daggers drawn since their alliance crumbled in 2019. The Sena had gone on to tie up with the NCP and Congress for a Mahavikas Aghadi authorities in Maharashtra.

Chief of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis, nevertheless, performed down the assembly, saying it was as per protocol and no political motive ought to be connected to it. He instructed the media in Mumbai: “When a CM leads a delegation to satisfy the PM, he offers an viewers to all the delegation to debate the topics listed on agenda. After that, the final norm is that the PM individually holds talks with the CM on vital state points… I used to be the CM and led a number of delegations to the PM.”

Sena chief Sanjay Raut, senior Congress minister Balasaheb Thorat and Maharashtra NCP president Jayant Patil asserted that the MVA alliance was sturdy and that the federal government will full its full time period. Thorat stated, “CM-PM conferences happen 12 months after 12 months.”

Patil stated “there may be nothing to be afraid of”. “We preserve a cordial relationship with leaders of different political events. NCP chief Sharad Pawar maintains such relations. Generally controversies occur. There’s nothing new about it.”

Raut stated, “Our stand is that there shouldn’t be a battle between the Centre and states. States want help from the Centre throughout a disaster and the CM and PM ought to have a dialogue for that.”

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