Chandrakant Patil, president of the BJP, alleged that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), made up of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, “did not seriously” see to it that the quota stood before the Apex Court.
He also accused Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP President Sharad Pawar of neglecting the matter.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday maintained the implementation of the law but made it clear that the status of those who have claimed the benefits will not be disrupted.
A three-judge bank headed by Justice L N Rao referred to a larger constitutional bank to be set up by Indian Chief Justice SA Bobde. This series of pleas challenged the validity of the law that granted Marathas the reservation.
“The MVA could not ensure that the reservation was in the Supreme Court,” Patil told reporters.
Patil noted that the Apex court referred the numerous pleas challenging the validity of the law to a major bank, saying no one now knows when the decision on the matter will come.
Patil claimed that matters previously related to larger banks had been pending for years.
“This means that the stay will continue until the bank gives an order. Now it makes no sense for the community to protest because no one knows when the verdict will come. So it is a black day for the community “said the BJP leader.
He said his party had repeatedly told the MVA government to take the problem seriously and prepare properly for it legally.
“The MVA did not want the reservation. Which high-ranking leader of yours took care of the matter? Were Uddhav ji or Sharad Pawar paying attention?” he asked.
“There is now some margin to say that their mindset was that if the quota was held they were fine as they weren’t serious about making sure it lasted,” added Patil.
The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act (SEBC) of 2018 was enacted to allow people of the Maratha community in Maharashtra to have reservations about work and education.
The Bombay Supreme Court, while upholding the law last June, ruled that a 16 percent reservation was unfounded, saying the quota should not exceed 12 percent of employment and 13 percent of admissions.
The politically dominant Maratha community, which makes up over 30 percent of the state’s population, has held several protests in the past calling for job and education reservations.