Sena-NCP-Cong government could re-introduce the 5% reservation for Muslims in Maharashtra

As Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are paving way for an alliance to form the government in Maharashtra, various rumours are reports are floating around suggesting the likely agendas of the Common Minimum Program (CMP).

As per a report by senior journalist Sudhir Suryavanshi, apart from complete farm loan waiver, review of crop loan scheme, strengthening of product market committees, the Sena-NCP-Cong government could also re-introduce the 5% reservation quota for Muslims.

It may be remembered that Shiv Sena in past has been a vocal opponent of the Muslim reservation during the NCP regime in the state. In 2014, after coming to power, the Sena-BJP alliance government had scrapped the reservation.

Muslims in the state are already beneficiaries of the OBC reservation and recently introduced EWS reservation. The report by Suryavanshi quotes NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik saying that Sena should not have a problem with the 5% reservation for Muslims anymore, as they have now left the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the centre.

Malik was further quoted as saying that Sena should also drop its demand for Bharat Ratna for freedoms fighter and Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar, if they want to join NCP-Cong for an alliance.