Mumbai: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has waded into the Maratha reservation row, reports the Times of India.
Gandhi has called a meeting of state leaders, including state Congress president and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, in Delhi on August 8, said sources. AICC general secretary Malikarjun Kharge, who is in charge of the state, former CM Prithviraj Chavan, leader of opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and city Congress president Sanjay Nirupam are expected to attend the meeting.
When Congress was in power, it had promulgated an ordinance to provide 16% reservation to Marathas in 2014. Subsequently, the Bombay high court
stayed the decision.
A week ago, a Congress delegation led by Chavan called on Backward Class Commission chairman Justice M G Gaikwad and governor C Vidyasagar Rao and urged them to step in to resolve the issue of reservation for Marathas. “We will present the case of the Marathas before Rahul Gandhi,” a senior Congress politician said.
Senior Congress sources told IndiaScoops.com that Congress President Rahul Gandhi wants the Maharashtra Congress unit to proactively take up causes and issues.
While the Maharashtra Congress is facing a cash crunch, Gandhi wants the different factions in the State to unite and pool together all their resources and manpower to unitedly take on the BJP in the coming elections.
Some elders have been sidelined and feel left out. Rahul Gandhi wants the current Maharashtra Congress core team to invite all leaders and work with them and benefit from their wide experience. Nobody should feel left out.
Rahul Gandhi wants to include every Congress leader and party worker in the fight against the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls 2019, a senior Congress leader said.