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“Not Like I Met Nawaz Sharif”: CM Thackeray after face-time with PM

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and discussed issues related to the Maratha reservation, Metro car shed and GST compensation, news agency PTI reported.

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Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan accompanied Thackeray.

“Discussed issues related to the Maratha reservation, Metro car shed, GST compensation with the Prime Minister,” the Maharashtra CM said after meeting with PM Modi.

“We may not be politically together but that doesn’t mean our relationship has broken. ‘Main koi Nawaz Sharif se nahi milne gaya tha’ (I didn’t go to meet Nawaz Sharif). So if I meet him (PM) separately in person, there is nothing wrong with it,” Maharashtra CM Thackeray was quoted as saying by ANI.

He also said the state government wants to move the car shed to Kanjur. The state and the Centre both claim the land as theirs.

On vaccinating the people of the state, CM said, “We’d require 12 crore doses to inoculate 6 crore people twice, in 18-44 years group. We tried but couldn’t do it as there wasn’t an adequate and steady supply. Thankful to PM for centralising vaccine procurement. I hope everyone in India is vaccinated soon.”

Pawar, who is also the finance minister of Maharashtra, said issues pertaining to GST compensation was also discussed in the meeting.

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Thackeray said the issue of giving Marathi the status of classical language is also pending with the Centre.

He said the prime minister assured to look into these issues.

Earlier in the day, the PMO had tweeted, “Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Shri @AjitPawarSpeaks and Cabinet Minister Shri @AshokChavanINC called on PM @narendramodi. @OfficeofUT @CMOMaharashtra.”

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Last month Mr Thackeray wrote to the Prime Minister and requested him to take steps to declare the Maratha community in the state as a Socially and Educationally Backward caste so they could claim reservation in education (12 per cent) and jobs (13 per cent).

The Supreme Court last week struck down the quota, calling it “unconstitutional”. A five-judge bench said the 2018 law for Maratha quota had pushed reservation over the current 50 per cent cap.

On May 31 the Maharashtra government extended EWS (economically weaker section) benefits – including 10 per cent reservation – to the Maratha community.

Reservation was given to Marathas in 2018 by the Devendra Fadnavis government.

The Bombay High Court upheld the quota but its decision was paused by the Supreme Court.

Mr Thackeray’s visit also comes after an editorial in the ruling Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece – ‘Saamana’ – which said the battle to “destabilise politics of Maharashtra” would be fought in Delhi.

“The collision will prove to be decisive. To destabilise politics of Maharashtra, opposition will use the issue of the Maratha reservation as a weapon, then they will have to stop it in time,” it said last month.

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