Mumbai : Dhangar community will hold a mega protest march in Mumbai on August 1 to garner support for their demand of the Scheduled Tribe status to the community.

“Maharashtra Dhangar Aarakshan Kriti Samiti has decided to hold the protest march. During our agitation over past week more than 6-7 lakh community members had gathered at Baramati. We expect the numbers would go to over 10 lakh in Mumbai and the future course of agitation will be declared that day,” Kriti Samiti leader Navnath Padalkar said while addressing media here.

“The protesters will be dressed in traditional attire and would come to Mumbai with their goats and sheep to participate in the march, which will begin from Byculla and culminate in a public meeting at Azad Maidan in Mumbai,” Padalkar added.

“The Dhangar community amounts to around 12-13 percent population of the state. The community that is listed under the scheduled tribes has been deprived of the rightful reservations over past 64 years,” Dr. Sunita Mahatme said.

“Our agitation will continue till the State government sends a letter to the Central government clarifying its stand on the ST status to the community. After the march we will continue with the agitation in a decentralised manner,” Samiti’s convener in Mumbai Lalit Bandgra told the media.

“We have already given enough time to the government but nothing has been done. Now, we have decided to vote for the party which assures us the ST status for our community,” he added.

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