Maratha quota leaders said today
that the community members will hold strident protests across
Maharashtra on August 9 for the cause.
The leaders said they have decided to suspend all
communications as part of the protest.
implement its promises made to the Maratha community before
the 2014 assembly elections and in the last four years, but
also delayed the procedure of withdrawing police complaints
Pokharkar, a leader of the Maratha Kranti Morcha.
He accused chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other
leaders of not keeping the quota promise.
Pokharkar claimed that at least 2,000 youths from the
community were arrested by the local police under serious
charges in the state, following the agitations held last
"With the August 9 protest imminent, the state
government ensured that hearing on the cases against the
these youths will remain behind bars till Thursday," he
He claimed that not a single police station in
districts has received the state government's letter asking
them to withdraw charges of non-serious nature against the
Fadnavis had announced last month that the government
would withdraw non-serious charges against the Maratha youths.
Pokharkar alleged that Fadnavis seemed not keen to
withdraw the cases.
Another leader Bhaiyya Patil said meetings will be
held tomorrow in some districts to chalk out the strategy for
the August 9 protests.
"We will finalise the agitation plan in these
meetings. We want to show the strength of the community to the
government," Patil said.
The politically-influential Maratha community,
constituting around 30 per cent of Maharashtra's population,
has been agitating to press their demand for reservation in
jobs and education under the OBC category.
In a related development, the Bombay High Court
appealed to members of the Maratha community today to refrain
from resorting to violence or committing suicide over their
demand for reservation in government jobs and education.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)