MeraNews Network, Mumbai: The Maharshtra government on Thursday passed the Maratha Reservation Bill in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, with the support of Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena and the Congress. The government approved a 16 percentage reservation for the Marathas in education and jobs in the state.

This decision was taken after massive protests by Marathas in the state. The state government had to create a new category called the Socially and Economically Backward Class (SEBC) to accommodate the Marathas. However, the community won’t have any reservation in contesting the elections, unlike those who belong to the SC/ST category.

Taking a cue from the Maharashtra government’s move, the Patidar community in Gujarat have now revived their protests demanding similar reservation for their community in Gujarat. Patidar Anamat Andolan, spearheaded by young social activist Hardik Patel, is at the forefront of this protest. They are currently egging on the opposition in the state to present a private bill through the leader of opposition Paresh Dhanani in the Gujarat Assembly in its next session.