Merely days after Maharashtra State’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government’s Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik announced that the state Government would table a bill to give Muslims reservation in educational institutions, Shiv Sena denied any such proposal, reports Asian News International (ANI).
Nawab Malik belongs to the Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is a coalition partner of the Shiv Sena led MVA. He had announced the decision to table a bill on 28 February.
The development had invited a major pushback from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) which had taken to social media site Twitter to share, “News of Maharashtra Government’s decision to grant religion-based reservation to Muslims is worrisome. The appeasement of Muslims should not be done by a Government led by Shiv Sena.”
Shiv Sena’s denial of any such proposal being on the table contradicts Minister Nawab’s assertion that the coalition Government of the State led by Chief Minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray would provide reservation to Muslims in educational institutions.
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