While the INDIA coalition is reviving Mandal politics in response to the BJP’s Hindu majority argument, the issue of caste-based census is likely to make its way into Maharashtra politics. Taking a cue from Bihar, the opposition Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is likely to demand a caste survey in the state. In fact, during his tenure in the state, the MVA had passed a resolution in the assembly asking the union government to conduct a caste-based census. The demand, aimed at seeking a greater share of power for the socially backward communities, could now gain momentum ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
For the past few months, the issue of caste-based reservations is already dominating state politics: Maratha activist Manoj Jarange Patil has gone on hunger strike and a nervous state government has accepted his demand that Marathas be granted certificates of caste like Kunbis (a sub-caste). of Maratha) for reservations in jobs and education under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category. OBC outfits have opposed the move to grant Kunbi caste certificates to all Marathas, as Jarange Patil is now demanding. The tripartite government led by Eknath Shinde has bought time by pacifying both sides, but may need to do more. Jarange Patil is touring 13 districts and is pressuring the government to fulfill its promise from October 14, when he ends the 40-day deadline he had given the government to formalize his promise.
He seems to be getting a good response to his tour: hundreds of people were waiting for his 2.45am rally in Beed, even when he arrived eight hours late on Friday.
While the OBC outfits are gearing up to oppose any blanket reservation for Marathas in their category, the Dhangar community is also pushing to demand that they be included in the scheduled tribes category. BJP legislator Gopichand Padalkar will start ‘Dhangar Jagar Yatra’ in the state from October 12 to press for the community’s demand. Shinde and company may have to rack their brains to solve this caste conundrum.
Ajit scores on Chandrakant Patil
When Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis accepted Ajit Pawar’s claim over Pune district, BJP Chief Minister Chandrakant Patil was removed last week as the district’s guardian minister and the charge was handed over to Pawar. Ajit and Patil had been locked in a bitter fight over the post since the former joined the alliance government in June. The duo skipped each other’s events, even criticizing each other over district-related issues. Ajit insisted on charging Pune, since it is his territory. Patil, a former BJP state chief from Kolhapur, had to relent when his bosses accepted Ajit’s demand. As a consolation, he has been entrusted with the command of two districts, Solapur and Amravati.
When Raj reacted faster than Uddhav
In his battle for the attention of Marathi manoos, MNS chief Raj Thackeray stole the show over Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray following an incident in Mulund in which a Maharashtrian woman He alleged that a Gujarati landlord told him they did not rent. local for Marathi speaking people. When the video posted by the woman, Trupti Devrukhkar, went viral, political parties were quick to respond. MNS workers arrived at the scene and forced the person to apologize. Raj also raised the issue vehemently with the usual threat of violence. None of the Thackeray faction leaders approached Devrukhkar even as Shinde Shiv Sena minister Uday Samant met her and assured her support. A senior Shiv Sena (UBT) leader said the party leadership was not willing to react like the MNS did because it hopes to get the support of Gujarati voters in Mumbai. However, several Thackeray faction leaders disagree. They believe the party should be vocal about its core support base.
Crowdfunding on behalf of Pankaja
Supporters of senior BJP leader Pankaja Munde have raised money through crowdfunding to pay the Goods and Services Tax (GST) dues for which the machinery of a sugar cooperative controlled by her was seized by the GST Commission on 24 of September. The Commission seized the machinery of Vaidyanath Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana in Beed, which was founded by late Gopinath Munde and is now controlled by his daughter Pankaja. Apparently, the factory had not paid the GST $19 crores. Pankaja called the action unfair, while opposition parties alleged that the BJP government was targeting the disgruntled leader. His followers reacted to the issue by raising money to pay the fees. On Wednesday, Pankaja posted a video on social media asking them not to collect the money. “I heard that you have already collected $6-7 crores and I’m sure you will get paid $19 crores or even more. “I am taking all necessary measures to resolve the problem,” he appealed to them.