Agencies, Mumbai: A Bill to give 5 per cent reservation for Muslims in educational institutions in Maharashtra will be introduced in the state Assembly soon, a minister in the coalition Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government said on Friday. This Bill will be tabled during the budget session of the Maharashtra Assembly, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said.
Malik from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) — one of the three alliance members of the MVA — said they are also planning to make room for reservation in jobs and the government is seeking legal advice for it.
The previous government, a coalition between Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena and the BJP, didn’t give reservation for Muslims despite a court order, Malik said. “We will try to give reservation to Muslims in education by the end of this (Assembly) session. We will try to give 5 per cent reservation,” said the minister from Sharad Pawar’s NCP that along with the Congress and the Shiv Sena formed government last November after the Sena quit the alliance with BJP over power-sharing.
The plan to give 5 per cent reservation to Muslims may add to the existing quota figure, which is already above the 50 per cent capped by the Supreme Court, after quotas to Marathas in education and jobs were introduced last year.