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  • Shiv Sena MLA announces new party, to fight for Maratha quota

    Mumbai: Accusing the Shiv Sena leadership of asking him not to voice his views on the Maratha quota issue, party MLA in Maharashtra Harshvardhan Jadhav announced on Wednesday that he is floating a new outfit. Jadhav, who tendered resignation on the issue of reservations for the Marathas, Dhangars and Muslims in July, said his new party will strive to get quota for these communities. His resignation as MLA is yet to be accepted by

  • Maratha quota stir: Class 11 girl commits suicide over reservation in Ahmednagar

    Ahmednagar (Maha): A 17-year-old student allegedly committed suicide in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district on Monday, demanding reservation to the Maratha community, police said. Kishori Baban Kakade, a Class 11 student of Radhabai Kale women’s college, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a hostel room at 3 pm, Superintendent of Police Ranjan Kumar Sharma told PTI.

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    Maratha Kranti Morcha to revive protest from Dec 1 if state does not grant reservations

    Mumbai: After a meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, organisers of the Maratha Kranti Thok Morcha (MKTM) announced their two point agenda — grant reservation to Marathas by November and withdraw cases against agitators of previous morchas. During the meeting, the steering committee members first condemned the jostling of journalists during various morchas and apologised for the same. The organisers have also threatened to lock out the Annasaheb Maha Mandal, if it fails

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    Maratha Quota Stir: 170 protesters granted bail Pune

    Pune: The Pune Sessions Court on Tuesday granted bail to 170 people, arrested for rioting and arson during the Maratha quota agitation in the city on August 9. On August 10, the Pune police arrested a total of 194 people, which included two minors and five women.

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    Maratha Quota Stir: Agitators protest peacefully at suburban collector’s office

    Mumbai: The Maratha agitators in Mumbai gathered outside the suburban Collector office at Bandra east on Thursday morning. The protests were peaceful in a rather cheerful mood. The participants sang songs against the BJP and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The agitators chanted slogans demanding reservations. The protest lasted for three hours and the agitators handed over a letter of their demands, which they requested to be handed over the CM.

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    Maratha Quota Stir: Two more suicides in Maharashtra over Maratha reservation row

    Mumbai: A day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reiterated his government’s commitment to granting a quota for the Maratha community, two more persons -– one from Aurangabad and the other from Pune district — committed suicide allegedly over the Maratha quota issue on Friday. Umesh Atmaram Indait, 22, a resident of Aurangabad’s Chikalthana area, allegedly hanged himself in his house in the city’s Choudhary Colony.

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    Maratha Quota Stir: CM Fadnavis in damage control mode, collects information on Marathas in govt jobs

    Mumbai: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is clearly in damage control mode — in an attempt to get to grips with the Maratha quota stir, he has directed every government department and educational institution to collect information on the number of employees from the Maratha community working in the concerned departments. He wants to ensure that he has precise information on the percentage of Marathas in government jobs before he faces the special

  • Maratha quota stir: Shiv Sena, Congress demand immediate implementation of quota

    Mumbai: After a series of meetings throughout the day on Monday, Shiv Sena and the Opposition Congress took a strident position and demanded immediate implementation of the quota for Marathas. The NCP, less vociferous, expressed the need to reassure the community.

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    Maratha quota stir: Maratha outfits to hold non-cooperation protest from August 1, says will not pay utility bills or taxes

    After a meeting which was held on Sunday between, CM Devendra Fadnavis and Maratha leaders, it was assured that partial police cases will be withdrawn against the Maratha youths for vandalising properties during recent protests for the quota demand. But still, Maratha outfits don’t seem to be happy with state government. On Sunday, they announced that they will launch a non-cooperation protest next month.

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    Maratha Quota Stir: Shiv Sena plays ‘wait and watch’ game with BJP

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena, which has 40 per cent Maratha legislators out of a total of 63, and supports Maratha reservation is still playing a ‘wait and watch’ game with its alliance partner in the state government — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the reservation issue till Diwali. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray may take a final call after the special session of the state legislature, which is expected to be held

  • Withdraw cases against Maratha quota protesters: NCP leader Dhananjay Munde to Maharashtra government

    Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dhananjay Munde asked today the Maharashtra government to withdraw police cases filed against Maratha reservation protesters, saying the action smacked of “vendetta”. In a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council said Maratha protesters were being falsely implicated in criminal cases related to stone pelting, arson and attempt to murder.

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    Maratha quota stir: Section of BJP happy with CM Devendra Fadnavis’ discomfort?

    Mumbai: If the hypotheses of a non-Maratha BJP minister is to be accepted, a section of the party is happy at the discomfort of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis over the Maratha reservation issue. Fadnavis grappled with the situation all alone, despite having several Maratha ministers in his cabinet. Sources claimed that a lobby of ‘internal opponents’ and bureaucrats was trying to oust Fadnavis from his post.

  • Maharashtra Bandh: Policemen, two others hurt as Maratha reservation stir turns violent in state

    Aurangabad: A policemen and two others were injured as the campaign for a Maratha quota turned violent here even as protests were held in different parts of Maharashtra by the Maratha Kranti on Tuesday. A large number of protestors torched a fire brigade vehicle near Kaigaon in Aurangabad district where a 28-year-old, Kakasaheb Dattatreya Shinde, committed suicide by jumping in the Godavari river on Monday evening demanding reservations.

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    Maharashtra: Digvijay Singh slams CM Devendra Fadnavis for not going to Pandharpur

    Mumbai: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday criticised Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadanvis for cancelling his annual visit to Pandharpur in view of a proposed protest by Maratha groups. Singh said that Fadnavis as the Maharashtra CM should have gone to Pandharpur and attended the prayers.

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    Maharashtra Bandh: After death of youth over reservation, Maratha group calls for state-wide shutdown today

    Mumbai: The Maratha outfit Kranti Morcha has called for a Maharashtra bandh on Tuesday but kept Mumbai, Pune, Solapur and Satara out of its ambit, so that devotees returning from Pandharpur are not inconvenienced. The agitation snowballed on Monday after a man jumped into the river Godavari over the demand for reservations for the Maratha community.

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    Mumbai: Maratha lobby in NCP looks to cut growing dominance of Dhananjay Munde

    Mumbai: Apprehensive of the growing clout of Dhananjay Munde within the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) after his crowd-gathering rallies in the Halla Bol Yatra in Marathwada and Western Maharashtra, the dominant Maratha lobby within the NCP has apparently conspired against Munde and forced his last minute ‘imported’ candidate Ramesh Karad to withdraw from the poll fray. NCP instead will put all its might behind Ashok Jagdale, trusted aid of Dilip Walse Patil

  • Quota demand: Maharashtra government starts survey of Marathas in over 700 villages

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is conducting a sample survey of the Maratha community members in over 700 villages of the state, ahead of the deadline set by the Maratha Kranti Morcha over its demand of reservation. According to Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission Chairman, Justice (retired) M G Gaikwad, the sample survey has been undertaken for data collection to ascertain the economic backwardness within the community to justify its demand for quota in