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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

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    Maratha quota: Maharashtra govt likely to receive report by November 15

    Mumbai: The much-awaited report of the Backward Class Commission on the socio-economic ‘backwardness’ of the Maratha community is likely to be finalised by November 15. This comes after the Maharashtra government informed the Bombay High Court that the commission is presently finalising its report pertaining to the ‘status’ of Marathas in state employment and other fields. Special counsel Ravi Kadam, appearing for the government, tendered an affidavit before the division bench of

  • Members of the Maratha community in Maharashtra as they try to block traffic during a protest in Mumbai. Pic/ AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE

    Don’t commit suicide over quota: Bombay HC appeals to agitating Marathas

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court appealed to members of the Maratha community today to refrain from resorting to violence or committing suicide over their demand for reservation in government jobs and education. The community must remember that the high court has taken note of the situation, a bench of Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai said.

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    Maharashtra: NDA constituent seeks statutory amendment for Maratha quota

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sangram Party, a constituent of the NDA in Maharashtra, today demanded a Constitutional amendment to increase the existing 52% reservation in the state to accommodate the Marathas under the OBC category. Shiv Sangram leader and MLC Vinayak Mete said the state government should organise a special session of the state legislature and pass a resolution to this effect, which could be submitted to the Central government.

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    Maratha agitation: Maharashtra government seeks Central security forces

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has asked for Central security forces to face a new round of agitation for Maratha quota from August 9, a senior official said here today. The agitation witnessed violence in many parts of the state last week. Maratha Kranti Morcha, the umbrella organisation of the agitators, seeking reservation in jobs and education, had said it would start a new round of protests all over the state from August 9.

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    Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis expresses commitment to Maratha quota

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said today his government was committed to granting reservation to the Maratha community which stands legal scrutiny. The assurance came when he met 22 prominent personalities from the community here to discuss the issue, after which a joint appeal was issued for exercising restraint and maintaining peace.

  • Members of the Maratha community in Maharashtra as they try to block traffic during a protest in Mumbai. Pic/ AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE

    Maratha Quota agitation: Another man ends life over reservation demand

    Mumbai: A 38-year-old man allegedly committed suicide in Maharashtra’s Nanded district over the Maratha quota demand, police said today. Kacharu Kalyane hanged himself from the ceiling at his home in Dhabad village of Nanded, located around 570 km from Mumbai, when his family members were out for some work on July 29, an investigating officer in the case said.

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    Quotas require a fresh look

    It is not easy to defuse the reservation bomb. Neither in Maharashtra, nor elsewhere in the country. It is like the genie which once out of the bottle is hard to be put back. The demand for reservations by more and more sections of the people and in more and more spheres of public services is growing by the day. The other day some brave one sought reservations in higher judiciary as

  • Maratha quota protests: Maratha outfit call for bandh in Thane, Navi Mumbai; Mumbai to experience partial shutdown

    Mumbai: The Maratha quota stir, which has turned violent elsewhere in the State, is gravitating towards Mumbai. The Sakal Maratha Samaj has called for a ‘bandh’ today in the city, in Thane, Navi Mumbai, Raigad and Palghar. The quota protest snowballed after the death of a protestor on Monday: Twenty-seven-year-old Kakasaheb Shinde had jumped off a bridge over Godavari in Aurangabad. In fact, another protestor, 31-year-old Jagannath Sonawane from Aurangabad, sought to emulate Shinde’s

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    Maratha reservation protest: Maratha outfit calls for bandh in Thane, Navi Mumbai tomorrow

    Mumbai: A constable died and another was injured in stone pelting today as a state-wide protest called by outfits seeking reservation for the Maratha community turned violent with agitators classing with police and torching vehicles in Aurangabad and adjoining districts of Maharashtra. As the stir for reservation in jobs and education intensified, the Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation, also decided to call for a Mumbai

  • Maharashtra: Activists of Maratha outfit detained ahead of CM Devendra Fadnavis’ visit in Pune

    Pune: At least20 members of the Maratha Kranti Morcha were detained today while they were planning to stage a protest at the venue of an event to be attended by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here, an official said. Fadnavis is scheduled to attend a couple of events, including the ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony of Krantiveer Chaphekar National Museum, in Chinchwad area of Pune today.

  • Nanar, land scam, quota dominate Monsoon Session

     Nagpur : Nanar refinery project, Navi Mumbai land scam, Shivaji memorial in the Arabian sea, Maratha quota and dairy farmers’ stir dominated the monsoon session of the Maharashtra legislature.

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    Maratha Reservation: Panel to submit report to Maharashtra government

    Thane: The Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission would soon submit its report to the government on the Maratha reservation issue, an official said.  The politically influential Maratha community, largely engaged in agriculture, has been demanding reservation in educational institutions and government jobs under the OBC (Other Backward Classes) category.

  • Bombay High Court puts Maratha quota data onus on Maharashtra government

    Mumbai: Bombay High Court on Thursday put the onus on the Maharashtra government on whether it desires to refer the data to Backward Class Commission. The government had collected voluminous data to substantiate its claim that the Maratha Community is backward and “deprived.”

  • Bombay High Court asks government to clarify stand on data for Maratha reservation

    Mumbai: Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra government to file an affidavit and clarify its stand if it “independently” intends to forward the data pertaining to Maratha reservation to the Backward Commission. The Commission has been constituted by the government to look after the issues pertaining to reservation policy in the state.

  • Maharashtra state panel to look into Maratha quota

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court was on Monday informed that the Maharashtra government has constituted a State Backward Class Commission. This Commission, according to the government can look into the voluminous data it has placed in its affidavit to support its decision of granting 16 per cent of reservation to Maratha Community.

  • Bombay High Court hearing on Maratha quota plea deferred

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday deferred the hearing over a bunch of petitions pertaining to Maharashtra government’s decision to provide reservation to the Maratha Community. It has been deferred till January 31. The government had in 2014 decided to provide 16 per cent reservation to Maratha Community in government jobs and educational institutes.