Delhi: At a time when agitation for reservation by the Patel community has hit the headlines, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that India was not in a state to end reservation system.
Jaitley made the comments while talking to Network 18.
The agitation led by Hardik Patel had plunged Gujarat into violence last week.
A a mega rally to press for reservation for Patels was held in Ahmedabad on August 25 after which violence erupted in which 10 people were killed.,
Hardik Patel later said that he would launch a fresh round of agitation for reservation with more focus more on taluka and village level.
Hardik has claimed support of various organisations who have extended their support.
These include Gujjar Vikas Parishad, Kurmi-Kshatriya Mahasabha, Anjana-Chaudhari Samaj, Rashtriya Gujjar Manch etc, as per PTI.
According to him, the total population of Patels, Gujjars and Kurmis in the country is 27 crore.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Other Backward Class (OBC) Organization has opposed reservation status to Patel and Maratha communities.
Professor Shravan Deore, president of Maharashtra OBC organization recently met BJP MP Dr Subhash Bhamre who is the member of OBC MP Forum in this regard.
The OBC outfit has urged Bhamre to raise the issue of OBC in Parliament.
(With PTI inputs)