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M'rashtra CM to call all-party meet on Maratha reservation

Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan said he would convene an all-party meeting next week to decide on the contentious issue of reservations for Maratha community.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2009 05:50 IST

Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday said he would convene an all-party meeting next week to decide on the contentious issue of reservations for Maratha community.

Addressing a function to mark the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji in Shivneri Fort, around 100 km from Pune, where pro-reservation activists staged a protest before his arrival, Chavan appealed to the agitating groups not to make a political capital out of the issue which was a social one.

Chavan said his government would build a Shivaji memorial in the Arabian sea off Mumbai and raise a statue of the 16th century warrior King at Raigad Fort in Konkan region.

Earlier, three activists of Maratha outfit Sambhaji Brigade and a policeman were injured when the police indulged in lathi charge as the protesters turned unruly and hurled stones at a government helicopter that landed before the Chief Minister’s chopper in the fort.