The Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government is running the risk of alienating the state’s upper castes that fall under the general category, after the cabinet approved an ordinance to amend the act that will provide reservation to students of the Maratha community in post-graduate medical courses in the state. The promulgation of the ordinance is likely to eat into the share of seats for general quota students. Patil added that the state government will file caveats in the Bombay High Court and its Aurangabad and Nagpur benches and the apex court to ensure the ordinance is not challenged. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had disallowed to grant 16 percent reservation to Maratha community for admissions to post-graduate medical courses on the grounds that the admission process had begun much earlier. Fadnavis, who is a Brahmin himself, received a lot of flak for the delay in according reservations to the Marathas.
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