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was held on Sunday between, CM Devendra Fadnavis and Maratha leaders, it was assured that partial police cases will be withdrawn against the Maratha youths for vandalising properties during recent protests for the quota demand.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.

According to Hindustan Times, the Maratha outfits have said that they will not pay utility bills or taxes, stage sit-ins outside homes of legislators from August 1, and block roads on August 9 to mark it as August Kranti Diwas. This decision was taken after the state coordination committee representing Maratha outfits from 22 districts met at Latur in the Marathwada region on Sunday. The Maratha Kranti Morcha, the umbrella body of various community outfits, said it will resume the protest under the name of Maratha Kranti Janandolan from Wednesday. The non-cooperation movement will be part of the Maratha Kranti Janandolan.

Shantaram Kunjir, one of the coordination committee members told the leading daily, “We passed nine resolutions in the meeting. There will be no deliberation or dialogue with the state government anymore as it knows about our demands. Instead of the discussion, it should come with the concrete plan on how to implement our demands. Besides the withdrawal of all criminal cases registered against community members, we demand Rs 50 lakh in compensation to the families of two youths, who died during protests, and jobs to their family members.”

In the meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting with Maratha leaders which was headed by Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane and his MLA son Nitesh Rane. In the meeting, CM Fadanavis agreed to partial withdrawal of police cases filed against the Maratha youths for vandalising properties, but added that the criminal charges like assaulting police officials will not be withdrawn. Amid the rise in Maratha quota stir, Shiv Sena and Congress have called for separate meetings in Mumbai today to discuss issues related to Maratha reservation.

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