“Steps are taken to fool the OBCs in the state. When a clear definition of relatives is stated in the law, why have changes been made illegally? The induction of Marathas into the OBC category will push the existing backward classes out and they will be deprived of reservation benefits,” Bhujbal said.
Notably, Bhujbal, who belongs to the NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) faction led by Ajit Pawar which joined the government in July 2023, has been criticising the Shinde-led dispensation over its handling of the Maratha quota issue.
“The meeting held today passed a resolution to cancel the draft published by the chief minister on 26 January. The second demand is to discontinue the Justice (retd) Sandeep Shinde committee (looking into Kunbi records of Marathas) because it is an unconstitutional body,” Bhujbal added.
He alleged that Sunil Shukre, who heads the Maharashtra State Commission for Backward Classes (MSCBC), is active in the Maratha reservation movement. “This is a conflict of interest as the head of such a commission should not have any soft corner (for Marathas),” Bhujbal added.
He claimed Shukre was already inclined toward granting reservations to the Maratha community, which is against the principles of the post he is holding. “The state government has appointed (Sunil) Shukre as the chairman of the MSCBC. The Indra Sawhney vs Union government case shows the heads of such backward commissions are supposed to be impartial. But Shukre met Jarange, who is demanding reservations for Marathas.