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Reservation to Marathas and Muslims: Is it going to secure the future of Congress-led Maharashtra govt?
It seems that after the severe trouncing both at the national as well as the state level in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, Maharashtra Government (Congress plus NCP) has been shaken up from their deep slumber of years of poor governance. As the assembly elections are imminent ahead, the alliance partners have come into action on crafting out plans to tone down the anti-incumbency factor and look for a revival to win back its traditional vote bank.

On 25th June 2014, Wednesday the Congress-NCP government in Maharashtra approved 16 per cent reservation for Marathas and 5 per cent for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions.

It looks as if the ruling government has nothing to offer its electorate other than doles and sops. Till now, it is a popular belief that political parties in a democratic set up can survive and succeed simply by promising special considerations and facilities to a larger section of the society. But how can they ignore the prior homework to be done for providing such dispensation which is also needed to sustain them?

Will the above reservation policy earn the fruits that the parties are looking for?

Because there are two factors - will the new quota system withstand the legal scrutiny? And will these sops make up for yearlong pitiable governance.

The reservation proposal can be challenged on two grounds. The Constitution doesn't allow reservation on the basis of religion and discriminatory and arbitrarily selected community. And secondly, it exceeds the quota limit in view of the Supreme Court judgment of 50 per cent cap on reservations.

There were similar cases on part of other state governments, which couldn't pass through the judicial assessment. Tamil Nadu's move to exceed the 50 per cent cap is pending before a Constitution bench. Even earlier attempt of 4.5 per cent sub-quota for Muslims on part of the Congress before Lok Sabha polls and assembly polls in five states last year was rejected by the apex court.

So looking at the instances in past for similar efforts on part of state governments to woo their loyal voters, it is quite clear that these announcements are mere doles and sops to dupe the said communities.

Again the question which arises here is what you did in your decade old rule for this so called deprived society? Is it just to fool them that you are saying, "We are trying but the Courts are not allowing!" Indian voters are more matured nowadays and are not going to fall in such traps.

So looking at the past instances of similar efforts on part of the state governments to woo their loyal voters, it is quite clear that these announcements are mere doles or sops to dupe the said communities. Seeing the legality of the reservation, it is a clear step to befool the community/race for the time-being in an effort to get votes.

This is not going to sustain, neither among the targeted voters nor in the judiciary. Whether it will help it to win back its loyal voters or not is a different thought altogether.

There are many other potential issues that are very close to common man. For instance, there are at least two vital issues that even after getting presidential nod are still pending for a decision for implementation.

One is a long standing demand of fee regulation act in private schools to bring relief to the plight of parents who are sending their kids to the private schools and second is, creating a housing regulatory authority that aims to end the hassle of a common man who is taken into ride by errant and influential builders.

Also, there are many other issues as well, which could have worked upon. But resolving them would be difficult as compared to promising doles.

I feel the Congress has not learnt lessons from the severe setbacks. Gone are the days of doing such foolish things. The common man from every community/race can now calculate the supposed benefits from the ever increasing reservations quota.

Public has become much smarter these days. So whether this announcement would help in garnering sympathy for the ruling government or not?only results of the upcoming Assembly polls can answer it.

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