After holding massive rallies in various parts of the state, Marathas will hold a silent march today in the Pawar family’s bastion of Baramati. The march will begin around 11:30 in the morning and NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule and others from the family are expected to participate.
Youngsters holding placards of the demands of Maratha community have already started gathering at the main Kasba area of Baramati, which is being represented in Lok Sabha by Sule and state assembly by Pawar’s nephew Ajit. Earlier Pawar senior represented Baramati, his hometown, for nearly three decades.
According to organisers, around 2,500 volunteers will ensure that the march is held in a disciplined planner. The Maratha march is coming on the backdrop of Pawar family’s aggressive stand against BJP and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Speaking recently, Pawar senior said the government should ensure at the earliest that the Maratha community gets reservation without disturbing the OBC quota. Ajit Pawar, who participated in the march at Pune, said, “Despite lakhs of Marathas coming out on the street, the Fadnavis government is not doing anything to address the problems of the community.”
Scores of Marathas have participated in silent marches across the state demanding reservation for the community, amendments in the atrocities act and capital punishment to perpetrators of the Kopardi crime. A minor Maratha girl was allegedly raped and murdered by three people from the Dalit community.