A new bill to give a 5 percent reservation to Muslims in educational institutions in Maharashtra will be set in motion by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, a state minister has said. This bill will be tabled on the ongoing budget session of the Maharashtra assembly, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said today.

Mr. Malik from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) – one of the three alliance members of the MVA – said they are also planning to make room for reservation in jobs and the government is seeking legal advice for it.

The previous government, a coalition between Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena and the BJP, didn’t give reservation despite a court order, Mr. Malik said.

“We will try to give reservation to Muslims in education by the end of this (assembly) session. We will try to give 5 percent reservation,” said the minister from Sharad Pawar’s NCP that along with the Congress and the Shiv Sena formed government last November after the Sena quit the alliance with BJP over power-sharing.

(With inputs from ndtv)