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Mumbai, Dec.01: Addressing the media at the party’s headquarters, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Nana Patole leveled serious allegations against the BJP-led state government. Patole claimed that the ongoing dispute between the Maratha and OBC communities regarding reservations was a deliberate ploy orchestrated by the government. He asserted that the reservation issue had been a longstanding agenda for the state government, accusing the BJP of reneging on their election promise to grant reservations.

Patole dismissed arguments among state ministers on the reservation matter as scripted events, branding them as mere political maneuvers by the BJP-led government. Emphasizing the Congress party’s unequivocal stance on reservations, he reiterated the call for a caste-wise census in the state to ensure equitable representation for all communities. Patole criticized the BJP for opposing the census.

Turning his attention to the ‘Model School’ initiative launched in the Chief Minister’s name, Patole expressed skepticism, questioning the credibility of such schools in the absence of an adequate number of teachers. He highlighted the government’s failure to fill 1.25 lakh vacant teacher positions while simultaneously closing Zilla Parishad schools, deeming the situation as absurd.