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Maratha quota stir: Outfits divided over August 9 state-wide protests, Beed group to stay away

Organisers from Beed said they will not participate in the statewide protest called by Sakal Maratha Samaj, umbrella body of all the Maratha outfits, on August 9; others will meet on Wednesday.

mumbai Updated: Aug 08, 2018 11:04 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
Maratha,Malegaon,Mumbai
Maratha community members rode bicycles, as part of Sadbhavna Rally, from Malegaon to Mumbai, to pay tribute to those who died during the protests. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Lack of coordination and rift among Maratha outfits became evident on Tuesday, as organisers from Beed district declared withdrawal of their agitation for 16% reservation in government jobs till November.

In the wake of the protests, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, in a public address on TV, said all legal and constitutional procedures for Maratha reservation will be completed by November and also stayed the state government’s mega recruitment drive for 72,000 jobs.

Taking note of the announcement, organisers from Beed said they will not participate in the statewide protest called by Sakal Maratha Samaj, umbrella body of all the Maratha outfits, on August 9.

“The state has accepted our demand that the recruitment drive be stayed. The chief minister has also set a deadline to complete the procedures,” said Abasaheb Patil, state coordinator from Beed district, who led the agitation at Parli tehsil of the district from where the state’s first sit-in protest started 21 days ago.

However, demanding time-bound plan, the organisers have declared to continue with agitations in the state.

UNREST IN THE STATE
From silent protests to violent agitations
  • Until 2017, the community had held 58 silent rallies across the state
  • The agitation turned violent after the state announced it would initiate recruitment for 72,000 government jobs in July, without waiting for the court’s decision on Maratha reservations
  • The protests intensified after 28-year old Kakasaheb Shinde, committed suicide in Aurangabad, demanding reservations for the community
  • The community felt they would be left out of the opportunity of getting government jobs
  • In the wake of the protests, CM Devendra Fadnavis, said all legal and constitutional procedures for Maratha reservation will be completed by November.
About the maratha community
  • The Marathas make up 32% of the state’s population
  • Maharashtra has reserved 52% seats under various quotas in employment and education
  • If the Maratha community comes under the reserved category, the reservations in education and jobs in the state will go up to 68%.
  • "We will meet to discuss the issue. The Marathas along with their families will go ahead with the agitation on August 9 and will come out on roads."
    Sanjiv Bhor Patil, Maratha state coordinator, Ahmednagar
  • "It will be a peaceful protest where thousands of people will gather and submit a charter of demands to the collector."
    Nanasaheb Kute Patil, Maratha state coordinator, Mumbai

The coordinators of all districts in the state will hold an emergency meeting in Aurangabad on Wednesday to decide the course of action.

“We will meet to discuss the issue. The community will go ahead with the agitation on August 9. Marathas and their families will come out on the roads demanding reservation,” Sanjiv Bhor Patil, state coordinator from Ahmednagar, said.

Meanwhile, organisers in Mumbai plan to hold a symbolic protest outside the suburban collectorate office at Bandra on August 9.

“It will be a peaceful protest where thousands of people will gather and submit a charter of demands to the collector,” said Nanasaheb Kute Patil, state coordinator from Mumbai.

Navi Mumbai will stay away from the agitation.

The Marathas make up 32% of the state’s population. Maharashtra has reserved 52% seats under various quotas in employment and education. If the Marathas come under the reserved category, the reservations in the state will go up to 68%.

First Published: Aug 08, 2018 00:55 IST