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NCP Minister Announces 5% Quota for Muslims in Education, Sena Says No Final Decision Yet

Mumbai: Coalition partners in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, the NCP and the Shiv Sena, once again took opposing stands on a key issue, this time over a proposal to extend 5% reservation to Muslims in educational institutes in Maharashtra.

Minority affairs minister Nawab Malik of the NCP announced on Friday that the state government will ensure that a legislation is passed soon for the reservation and told the State Legislative Council it will take “appropriate action” in this regard before beginning of admissions in schools.

Malik was responding to a question raised by Congress legislator Sharad Ranpise.

However, shortly after Malik’s remarks, senior minister Eknath Shinde said no such decision has been taken. The senior Sena politician said leaders of the ruling MVA, which comprises Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, will take a call on the issue after discussions.

Speaking to reporters outside the legislature complex, Shinde said he was not aware of the announcement.

“Leaders of the MVA will together take a call on policy decisions about giving reservation to any community. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take appropriate decisions at the appropriate time. No decision has been taken yet,” he said.

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