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CM Devendra Fadnavis says yes to Maratha reservation, no to scrapping Atrocities Act

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Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday appreciated Maratha protestors across Maharashtra for their immaculate way of protest for reservation. I’m glad the way the protest has been conducted so far. Despite being a silent protest, it still speaks volumes. It has voiced more than crores of people’s concerns. The protesters would have their food and clean the premises and only then they would leave. I’m grateful to the organisers of Maratha protest for conducting a protest that shook the government. They have set a benchmark as to how protests should actually be carried out in the future, said Fadnavis in his speech during the Maharashtra Legislature winter session 2016 in Nagpur.

Fadnavis, who was loud and clear on the government’s stand to support Maratha reservation, said that the Marathas were given a reservation during Shahu Maharaj and even the British rule. But, in 1965, this reservation was suddenly reversed. Even after demanding reservation for a long time, the Mandal Commission refused to grant reservation by tagging Marathas as a ?progressive community. He said that even the Bapat Commission didn’t support Maratha reservation then.

Fadnavis, blaming the erstwhile Congress-NCP government for the discrepancies in the ordinance, also said that the (Narayan) Rane Committee (on Maratha reservation) was never placed on record in the court. He further added, Why didn’t the Congress, with Prithivraj Chavan as the former CM, provide reservation to Marathas then??

Demanding a death penalty for the culprits of the Kopardi rape-murder case, Fadnavis assured that the case has been transferred to a fast-track court on trial, with Ujjwal Nikam as the public prosecutor. Also, one of the world’s best lawyers Harish Salve (without he charging a rupee) has been roped in for the Maratha reservation case.

Talking about the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1988, Fadnavis said that the Act would neither be repealed nor diluted. Fortunately, Maharashtra is not amongst the 10 states in the country, where annually 1400-2000 cases of atrocities are filed. The Dalit community and the Maratha community aren’t against each other. We have to make sure that the misuse of this act stops and Marathas get the reservation they demand. Any Dalit, who misuses the Act, can’t be Dr Ambedkar’s follower. We would be soon forming a House community with at least 40% SC/ST members who will ensure that the Act isn’t misused. But, wherever any genuine atrocity has taken place, we will ensure that justice is delivered. ?

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Deputy Speaker Narhari Zirwal issues disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs

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Narhari Zirwal – the Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Assembly – on Saturday (June 25) issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

Narhari Zirwal, Deputy Speaker, Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

Narhari Zirwal – the Deputy Speaker in Maharashtra Assembly – on Saturday (June 25) issued disqualification notice to 16 rebel Shiv Sena MLAs.

The MLAs, who are being led by Eknath Shinde, are currently staying at Guwahati in Assam. These MLAs are supposed to file their written replies by 5:30 pm on Monday (June 27).  If the MLAs are disqualified, Shinde will lose his legislator’s post and that, crucially, will see his revolt fail.

The Shiv Sena had moved the original notice against 12 rebel MLAs, including Shinde, late Thursday evening and added another four names on Friday.

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As Maharashtra political crisis intensifies, police impose section 144 in Mumbai

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The Mumbai Police on June 25 imposed Section 144 in Mumbai, which disallows the gathering of five or more persons.

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The Mumbai Police on June 25 imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in the city, which disallows the gathering of five or more persons. The prohibitory orders will remain in force till July 10.

Owing to escalating tensions between Maharashtra’s ruling coalition partner Shiv Sena and its internal rebel group, earlier in the day, the police in neighbouring Thane district, which is a bastion of Shiv Sena’s rebel leader Eknath Shinde, imposed Section 144. The order in Thane will remain in force till June 30.

Also read: Eknath Shinde-led rebel group to call itself ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’

Yesterday Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s key aide and Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut issued a warning to the rebel MLAs, suggesting that they would have to face the fury of party workers after returning to Mumbai.

He said: “Outside Maharashtra, you are eagles. But the people’s patience is wearing thin. Right now, Shiv Sainiks have not come out on the streets. If they do, the streets will be on fire.”

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Eknath Shinde-led rebel group to call itself ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb’

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The rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde, who are camping in Guwahati, on Saturday (June 25) named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb.’

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Even as Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena is seeking disqualification of its rebel MLAs from the assembly, the rebel MLAs led by Eknath Shinde on Saturday (June 25) named their group as ‘Shiv Sena Balasaheb.’

Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Deepak Keserkar said: “Our group will be called Shiv Sena Balasaheb. We will not merge with any party.” Kesarkar has also hinted at a possible alliance with the BJP. “We have only two options remaining in Maharashtra; to go with either the NCP-Congress or the BJP, otherwise the government cannot be formed. However, the question of allying with the BJP will be decided by Eknath Shinde. Whatever decision he takes, we will support it.”

Meanwhile Maharashtra Congress leader Ashok Chavan said: “Until it gets legal authorisation from the speaker, such type of groups will not be authorized.”

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