The Uddhav Thackeray-led coalition government in Maharashtra, that came to power following the collapse of the BJP Government led by Devendra Fadnavis, has decided to provide 5% reservation to Muslims in all schools and colleges in the state.
Announcing the decision on Friday, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik and said that the Government will ensure that the legislation to this effect is passed soon.
The minister also assured the Maharashtra Legislative Council of taking "appropriate action" in this regard before beginning of admissions in schools and colleges.
Nawab Malik was responding to a question raised by Congress legislator Sharad Ranpise. The Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government's Minister also said that this bill will be tabled during the budget session of the Maharashtra assembly.
It may be mentioned here that the development comes in the wake of violent riots in Delhi and clashes between Hindus and Muslims over the BJP-led Government's controversial amendment of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
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