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Shiv Sena backs 5% quota for Muslims in education, AIMIM hails ‘positive’ move

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Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray addresses a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. Thackeray announced that his party would support BJP presidetial nominee Ram Nath Kovind. PTI Photo (PTI6_20_2017_000187B)

Mumbai, Aug 1, CNS: The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Tuesday welcomed the Shiv Sena’s support to reservation for Muslims in education. The party criticised the Devendra Fadnavis-led government, which, it said, was defying the Bombay High Court’s order by not implementing the 5 per cent quota for Muslims.

At a press conference on Monday, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had said: “Apart from the Marathas, reservation demands of Dhangars, Muslims and other communities should also be taken into account.” Thackeray added that his party would support the state and the Union government on the issue.

About reservation for Muslims, Uddhav said if there were reasonable demands from the Muslim community, they should also be considered.