In Maharashtra, reservation ‘announcement’ has a familiar ring to it

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced 16 per cent reservation for Marathas. Given the assembly elections are round the corner, is the present Maharashtra government – like its predecessor – making a promise that cannot be fulfilled?

Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister of Maharashtra, has declared that Marathas will get reservation in public employment and educational institutions from 1 December 2018. This is not the first time such an announcement has been made, though. In 2014, the previous government of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party had also announced 16 per cent reservation for Marathas, in addition to 5 per cent reservation for Muslims. The Bombay High Court stayed the granting of reservation for Marathas. In fact, shortly after coming to power, Fadnavis had said that he would pursue the case in the Supreme Court but then the matter went into cold storage.

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