In June, the Congress-NCP Government of Maharashtra had announced this decision, aiming to get political mileage in the State Assembly election.
While announcing this decision, taken in a Cabinet meeting then Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said, "The state cabinet has approved a proposal to give 16 percent reservation for Maratha community and 5 percent for Muslim community in jobs and education. The reservation for Maratha and Muslim community is over and above of the existing 52 percent reservation quota for various communities in the state and without touching the OBC reservation quota. This reservation will come into effect immediately".
The Opposition had lashed out at Government for giving olive branch to the Marathas. Vinod Tawade who was opposition leader in the legislative council said, "The government has made injustice with the Maratha community by giving 16 percent reservation even as Rane committee had proposed 20 percent. The government has given the Maratha community's reservation to Muslims which is unfair".