Maratha community which has been demanding reservations in government jobs and education has announced another phase of their agitation on September 4. Mumbaikars will have to brace for traffic jams as a Maratha outfit has declared a ‘vehicles march’ in the city.
The Maratha outfit, Sakal Maratha Morcha, has said if the state government does not announce a special assembly session for the Maratha reservation issue by August 31, they will hold a ‘vehicles march’ in Mumbai, reported Asian Age. In a meeting which was held in Kolhapur by Sakal Maratha Morcha, it was decided to undertake an indefinite agitation. Morcha leaders also decided on a ‘vehicle march’, in which thousands of vehicles are expected to reach Mumbai from across the state.
On the other hand, an indefinite stir by women from the Maratha community has already started. A group of eight women from Karad region of Satara district in western Maharashtra has started an indefinite sit-in protest at Azad Maidan from Thursday (August 23) to push for reservation demands. And more women are expected to join this sit-in protest at Azad Maidan. Rupali Patil (42), who is leading the group told Hindustan Times, “We have started indefinite sit-in protest as the state government was not taking our demands seriously. Apart from our main demand of reservation, we also want all the serious charges imposed on Maratha youths be withdrawn immediately.”
In the meanwhile, the ‘vehicles march’ will be led by Shahu Maharaj’s car which will begin from Kolhapur. “Thousands of vehicles will be parked near Gateway of India and Mantralaya, till the government declares reservation for the Marathas,” Sakal Maratha Samaj coordinator, Indrajeet Sawant told Asian Age.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said that all constitutional obligations in connection with the granting of reservations to the Maratha community in the state would be completed by November this year.