Mumbai is engulfed by a ‘Maratha storm’ as lakhs of the politically strong community embark on their first, biggest and final mammoth ‘mook Morcha (Silent procession) to demand reservations in jobs and education.
The Morcha has begun from Jijamata Udyan to Azad Maidan in South Mumbai. And social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have been used to spread Morcha messages.
Today the Marathas will give Mumbai what the rains couldn’t give – a mid-week holiday this monsoon. Thank you guys! #MarathaKrantiMorcha
Look Mr. @Dev_Fadnavis & @narendramodi we all Marathas are going to make history today.. #MarathaKrantiMorcha #MarathaInMumbai
Largest Peaceful Protest. It’s Nt Against Any Caste/Community “Divided By Religion, United By #MarathaKrantiMorcha
Respect Marathi&our culture bt not the way to protest.Ppl shouting and threatening in S4 train 51030 @sureshpprabhu #MarathaKrantiMorcha
Best wishes and support for the #MarathaKrantiMorcha in Mumbai today. Silence often has the strongest voice.✌️👍
#MarathaKrantiMorcha -Mumbai is reserved for Maratha👍🏻
Best wishes and support for the #MarathaKrantiMorcha in Mumbai today. Silence often has the strongest voice.
#MarathaKrantiMorcha देख लेना आँखोंसे..हम आयेंगे लाखोंसे
कोण म्हणत देणार नाही.. घेतल्या शिवाय जाणार नाही!! हर हर महादेव #MarathaInMumbai
Silent Strength #MarathaInMumbai #MarathaKrantiMorcha
Why the protest?
The movement started last year with processions in 57 different cities. While the authorities anticipate participation of between 5,00,000-8,00,000 Marathas from across the state, the organisers are optimistic it will cross three million.
Few roads have been shut anticipating the rally. However, the administration and police officials have assured citizens that adequate measures have been taken in order to avoid any inconvenience to those travelling to and from the rally route. The Mumbai Police has also advised Mumbaikars to avoid taking the route towards South Mumbai.
The protest march is being held by the Maratha Kranti Morcha to press for their demands, including punishment for culprits in Kopardi rape and murder case, quota in education and government jobs, Amendment in SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act) to stop its misuse, loan waiver to farmers to curb suicides, and guaranteed rate for agricultural produce.
The Kopardi rape and murder case, which was equated with the Nirbhaya case of Delhi in view of the grisly brutality involved, happened on July 13, 2016, evening at Kopardi village in Ahmednagar district. The girl went missing for a few hours, after which her mutilated, blood-splattered body was found under a tree in a field. The crime sent shock waves through social and political circles and led to a ruckus in the Maharashtra legislature for two days during its monsoon session in July.