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.
The youth subsequently drowned, officials said. The youth’s family refused to accept his body even as various groups demanded Fadnavis’ resignation and staged roadblocks outside Kaigaon (Aurangabad), Ichalkaranji in Kolhapur and pelted tomatoes at an effigy of Fadnavis in Thane. Various Maratha groups have also announced Maharashtra shutdown on August 9 – celebrated as August Kranti Day. During the bandh on Tuesday, life will be hit in Marathwada and western Maharashtra. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured the morcha that he will give 16 percent reservation in government jobs. However, the Maratha Kranti Morcha has no faith in the government.