Raj Thackeray Attacks CM Devendra Fadnavis for ‘Misleading’ Marathas over Reservation

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday accused Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of “misleading” Marathas over reserving posts for the job aspirants from the community in the proposed mega recruitment drive.

“The chief minister is lying. He is misleading the people by saying that the government will allot 16 per cent of 72,000 posts to the Maratha candidates in the form of backlog if the Bombay High Court allows quota for the community. He is misleading the common people,” Thackeray said in a press conference.

The MNS chief is currently on a tour of Marathwada region in a bid to expand the base of his party.

Members of the Maratha community have been demanding 16 per cent quota under OBC category in government jobs and education. Marathas have been organising protest rallies since last year to push for their demand. The matter is currently pending before the Bombay high court.

“Only 2 per cent jobs are created in the government departments. How can such low number of jobs solve the problem of reservation?” he questionned.

Modi said that in the last 4 years, Modi has just failed to clean up the river in his constituency, saying that the only way to annihilate fluttering, yoga, GST and clean India. Modi changed after the Prime Minister. Then I asked the question of why I kept the same time. I had spoken that time. But the situation changed later.

Chief Minister Fadnavis constantly speaks lies. They claim to have built one lakh 20 thousand wells. See what is happening in the Marathwada region. The city of Jalna once comes to water for 15 days. Then they asked the question of where the well is well. He referred to ISRO as the desert desert of Maharashtra was being done. Fadnavis claims that Maharashtra has become free from the hawkers. But the fact is not the same.

The MNS chief also hit out at the Shiv Sena which had abstained from voting on the motion despite being a constituent of the BJP-led NDA governments at Cenrte and in Maharashtra.

“The Sena seems confused about the party ideology. Its alliances in the Centre and state seem shaky,” he said.

Thackeray also attacked Narendra Modi government on a string of issues.

“With the kind of majority they possess, the Narendra Modi government could have done wonders but the prime minister squandered the opportunity by launching demonetisation, GST and ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. He (the PM) could not clean the river (the Ganga) in his own constituency (Varanasi),” Thackeray said.

In the wake of Maratha community leaders threatening to not let the CM perform the annual pooja of Lord Vitthal in Pandharpur on the occasion of “Ashadhi Ekadashi” tomorrow, Thackeray appealed that the ritual should not be disturbed as lakhs of ‘varkaris’ or devotees have gathered in the temple town.

The chief minister had already cancelled his visit to Pandharpur tomorrow to avoid any law and order problem.