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OBCs up in arms against reservation to Marathas, vow to challenge it in court

Voicing their strong opposition to the declaration of 16 percent reservation to the Maratha community in education and government jobs under the category of Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) by the state government, various organizations of OBCs in Maharashtra on Thursday vowed to challenge this decision in the court of law. Reacting over the development, city-based Other Backward Class (OBC) Sangarsh Samiti member Mr. G H Rathod told UNI that the state government's decision to grant 16 percent reservation to the Marathas was "wrong" and "injustice" to OBCs in the state.

Stating that there was no need to give reservation to the Maratha community which is economically sound, he sought to know the reason behind their demand for reservation. He said that the state government should have undertaken a survey of the property of the Maratha community before announcing reservation to them and claimed that the Marathas had spread lies to demand reservation. Mr Rathod rued that the OBC community is still facing lots of problems and expressed that the existing quota of OBCs should have been hiked instead of giving reservation to the Marathas. He demanded that the state government should undertake survey of properties of the Maratha community and then has to decide above reservation and unhappy with the reports of state backward class commission head by Mr M G Gaikwad.

All OBC organisations will challenge the decision of state government in the court of law, Mr Rathod added. Meanwhile, the members of various OBC organisations today launched the 'Akrosh Andolan' at the historical Azad Maidan in Mumbai.

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