Maratha Reservation Row: Why is Jarange Patil urging public not to vote for BJP?

Jarange Patil appears to be directing all of his ire toward Brahmin Fadnavis for purportedly opposing the Maratha quota. What lead to Ajit Pawar having supper with Sharad Pawar? Read below to find out.

Shruti Chopra
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Courtesy: Wikipedia

Manoj Jarange Patil, a Maratha activist, changed the course of the dispute between the Maha Yuti administration and himself by urging voters not to support the BJP, its allies (Shiv Sena-Shine), or the NCP (Ajit Pawar) as long as deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis was in the party. 

Jarange Patil appears to be directing all of his ire towards Fadnavis, who is a Brahmin, for purportedly opposing the Maratha quota. Jarange Patil is the subject of a social media post that is doing the rounds in Maratha circles.

Maratha reservation bill

As the previous chief minister, Fadnavis was actually the one who succeeded in getting a Maratha reservation bill approved. Yet, it was ruled to be beyond the scope of the Constitution. He was still working hard to have the statute giving Marathas a 10% reservation passed.

Sharad Pawar's supper invitation 

Fadnavis, however, declined Sharad Pawar's invitation to supper on Friday night in Baramati. He explained that he was unable to accept the invitation due to an earlier engagement. Eknath Shinde, the chief minister, too turned down the invitation. However, it's noteworthy that Pawar Sr.'s nephew, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, accepted the invitation.