Today lakhs of protesters participated in Maratha Kranti Morcha in Mumbai demanding reservation in jobs and colleges for the people of the community. Wearing saffron caps and carrying flags, the protesters walked down south Mumbai’s JJ flyover, which was closed for vehicular traffic, winding their way to the protest venue. At the Jijamata Udyan, where the Maratha Morcha began at 11 AM, protesters tore banners put up by the Shiv Sena, stressing that they did not want any “political interference”.
The first Maratha Kranti Morcha was held in August last year, demanding death penalty for the accused in the gang rape and murder of a 15-year-old in Maharashtra’s Kopardi village in 2016. Besides, the protestors have also demanded amendments in the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, quotas for Marathis in government jobs and educational institutes and a minimum support price for farmers, among other things.
The delegations of Maratha morcha met Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis for there demands and Fadnavis said the demand of the Maratha community for reservation in jobs and colleges has been referred to the backward classes commission. The panel will carry out a study to see the feasibility of the demand.
Beside that Maharashtra Government on Wednesday announced land and grant of Rs. 5 crore to build hostels for students from the Maratha community in every district. The announcement was made by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the state assembly. Meanwhile, Fadnavis also met representatives from the Maratha Morcha and leaders from all political parties.