The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra plans to bring in a law to provide five per cent reservations to Muslims in government education institutions soon, Minister for Minority Affairs Nawab Malik said in Mumbai on Friday.
The information was given by the minister in the Maharashtra legislative council. He said that the state government will introduce legislation to the effect soon in the matter which has been pending since long.
Responding to query by Congress MLC Sharad Ranpise, Malik said that suitable action will be taken in this regard before the start of the admissions for the next academic year.
The decision is in tune with the common minimum programme of the ruling Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress government and will be implemented after taking legal opinion in the matter.
Earlier, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday (23 February) said, "We oppose the Muslim reservation or any reservation which is given on the basis of religion."
"Any reservation which is against the Constitution needs to be opposed. Muslim reservation is being given on the basis of religion. So, we will be opposing this reservation as it is anti-Constitutional. We will not support anything which is anti-constitutional," he added.
(With IANS Inputs)
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