After a day of uncertainty, the organisers of Sakal Maratha Morcha and Maratha Kranti Morcha have announced they will go ahead with a state wide bandh on Thursday. The bandh will however not affect Navi Mumbai and Thane after the incidents of violence which occurred in the last morcha. However, in Mumbai only a sit-in andolan at Kala Nagar, Bandra (east)
“There is a bandh in Maharashtra and it will be held peacefully. We have left out Navi Mumbai and Thane, due to the violent incidents that occurred last month.”
The organisers do not want to inconvenience people, especially since they have to commute to Mumbai city for work. There is a sit-in andolan at Bandra East. “We do not want to cause any disturbance to people and especially students, since railway exams being held in Mumbai. We want this protest to reiterate our demands peacefully,” said Anandrao Jadhav, organising committee. However, the difference in the organisers is evident, as one group headed by Virendra Pawar stated, “There will be no bandh in Mumbai, but a sit-in andolan.”
The Maharashtra Government is yet to announce any steps they will undertake to mitigate the situation on a bandh. The District Collectors of Pune and Yavatmal have asked all schools, colleges and educational institutions to remain shut. The Collector of Mumbai suburbs told Free Press Journal, there is no holiday for schools and colleges.
The morcha organisers confirmed the reason for selecting August 9, as the date to reiterate the consistent failure of the state government to address the issues affecting their community. The first morcha undertaken in the name of Maratha Kranti Morcha, which was a silent one, was undertaken on Aurangabad on August 9, 2016, after the Kopardi gang rape. Since then the organisers have held over 58 silent morchas, till the one held last month, wherein there was stone pelting and violence. Since then the Bombay High Court too appealed to the organisers to ensure their community members do not resort to any kind of violence since there have been reports of suicides by members of Maratha community.