PUNE: NCP (SCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said that the Centre cannot remain a mute spectator to the intensifying Maratha-OBC quota agitations and it may lead to a rift between the communities.
Pawar said both the Centre and state govts should take steps in finding solutions to pacify both groups. The veteran politician added, “In the past too, we have raised the quota issue and we will speak about it again in the upcoming Parliament session.We will discuss it with the other parties in the opposition to see if we can take a collective stand on the ongoing agitation.” Pawar was interacting with mediapersons in Baramati.
He warned the central govt about both agitations creating tension if it remains a mute spectator. “It is the responsibility of the Centre and state govt to make sure that the agitations do not get out of hand. It is time the Centre takes the initiative and resolves the issue with state govt,” he added.
Maratha quota activist Manoj Jarange has given govt time till this month to accept demands. OBC activist Laxman Hake has gone on a hunger strike to get an assurance from the state that the Maratha quota will not eat into the OBC reservation.
Pawar said that the issue can be resolved only through the central govt’s intervention. “It will require a constitutional amendment and central govt will have to take the initiative. We will extend support to a solution which will pacify both communities. We do not want to politicise the issue,” he added.