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Maratha stir: Car march to Mumbai put off

The Maratha community has been agitating for 16% reservation in government jobs and education, besides review of the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, among others.

mumbai Updated: Sep 03, 2018 00:08 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
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The protest was postponed till November-end.(HT FILE)

After a government assurance over fulfilling all their demands, Maratha outfits postponed their proposed car march from Kolhapur to Mumbai scheduled to take place on September 4.

Kolhapur district collector Avinash Subhedar gave the assurance in writing to Maratha outfits after representatives of the outfits met with a group of ministers led by revenue minister and guardian minister of the district, Chandrakant Patil, on Saturday.

The Maratha community has been agitating for 16% reservation in government jobs and education, besides review of the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, among others.

After the vehicle march reaches Mumbai, the protestors had planned to gather at Chhatrapati Shivaji statue at Gateway of India on September 5 and dump all the government orders that were issued following the Maratha agitation in the Arabian Sea.

On Saturday, Patil, public works department minister Eknath Shinde and former chief minister and BJP MP Narayan Rane met the representatives of the outfits and eminent personalities from the community including Chhatrapati Shahu of Kolhapur, descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

After the meeting the outfits decided to postpone the agitation as it was reiterated in the meeting that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has assured to complete all the constitutional procedures for providing reservation to the community by November.

“We have decided to postpone our agitation after Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj asked us to wait till November-end and give government due time,” said Indrajeet Sawant, state coordinator of Maratha Kranti Morcha in Kolhapur.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 00:07 IST