New Delhi, Maharashtra is all set to see another protest today. Maratha community members will hold a protest in Mumbai on Wednesday against the BJP-led state government’s ‘failure’ to withdraw criminal cases against the protesters.
Sakal Maratha Morcha leader Praveen Patil said that Maratha community members will hold a jail bharo protest in Mumbai.
“The state government, despite its assurance of withdrawing criminal charges of vandalism and damaging public property against some protesters, has not taken any action and that is why we are holding the protest Mumbai tomorrow,” Patil said.
The community wants apology from Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil and BJP MLA Ram Kadam for ‘defaming’ Maratha quota agitation and its leaders.
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The politically influential Maratha Community is around 30 per cent of the state’s population and has been agitating to press its demand for reservation in jobs and education.
A silent march was taken out across the state to highlight their demands and mainly for reservation.
Their latest round of agitation has taken a violent turn, nonetheless.
Around 70 vehicles, including state-run buses and police vans were damaged or torched and four police officials were injured in stone pelting, and during the violence in Chakan near Pune on Monday.
Congress and Nationalist Congress Party had approached state Governor Vidyasagar Rao, requesting him to direct the Devendra Fadnavis government to announce a decision on the reservation issue immediately.
On August 9 a mega rally will be held in Mumbai on August 9 in support of their quota demand, Maratha outfits have announced.