Mumbai: A direct descendant of the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji and the Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Member of Parliament (MP) from Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale lambasted the state government for dragging its feet on reservation for the Maratha community. “The government immediately ought to give reservation not only to the Marathas, but to the Muslim and Dhangar communities as well. Why has it kept these issues on the backburner for so long? It seems to have no willpower to resolve these pressing matters,” said the MP.
“We are not demanding that the state scrap reservation for other deprived communities to accommodate us but can the agitators for the Maratha quota be held responsible if their righteous anger boils over?” he asked, demanding that cases against agitators be withdrawn lest there be more unrest in the state.
Remarking that he was deeply grieved over the spate of suicides, Bhosale further said he would soon be holding a ‘Maratha Aarakshan (Reservation) Parishad’, in which every district coordinator of the ‘Maratha Kranti Morcha’ will participate to deliberate on the future course of action to be taken by the agitators.
Meanwhile, in Ahmednagar’s Nevasa tehsil, a mixed group of agitators from the Maratha, Muslim and Dhangar communities staged a march demanding reservation while morcha agitators blocked the Mumbai-Goa highway in Sindhudurg in the Konkan for several hours.