Harishchandra Chavan, the BJP’s Tribal MP from Dindori Lok Sabha constituency, opposed any move to include the Dhangar community in the Scheduled Tribes (ST) category.
Several MPs and MLAs registered their protest in the Tribal Advisory Council meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Sahyadri guest house.
He had raised the issue that found unanimous support with other members. He said they had no objections if the existing 3.5 percent quota raises for Dhangars, but sought that they should not accommodate them in the ST category.
Another elected representative from the Adivasi community said they were also against the plans to create a separate ST-B category to accommodate Dhangars.