Mumbai, (The Hindu): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may have extended its support to the Maratha reservation, but the party stares at similar protests by Jats and Kapus in other States.
The Jats in Haryana have been demanding Other Backward Class status and have already gone on violent protests. Last month, the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti announced in Delhi it would initiate protests from August 15 if their demands were not met. The Kapus of Andhra Pradesh too are demanding inclusion in the backward class list. Both the issues are under purview of the central government headed by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
“The issue of reservation is not limited to Maratha agitation in Maharashtra. There are several states where similar protests are either under way or in the process of building up. A green signal to Maratha reservation in Maharashtra will only boost these agitations,” said a senior BJP leader from the State.
According to party insiders, the central government has to prepare itself for ‘possibly’ intense agitations in other states, if the Maratha reservation gets the approval of the Backward Class Commission, and is ratified by the Assembly.
“There is no question of having a dual stand on the Maratha reservation issue, but these points cannot be ignored. We will either have to be extremely careful in tackling further agitations or find a consensus at the Centre which will satisfy all the agitating communities,” said the leader.
A former chief minister from the Congress said, “The report from the Backward Class Commission is set to open up protests across the country by communities which have been demanding reservations for years. The government at the Centre has to be extremely cautious while dealing with these issue so as not to let the situation get out of hand.”
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