During the day-long shutdown for
quota in Maharashtra, members of the Maratha community staged
a sit-in protest today outside the residence of NCP chief
Sharad Pawar in Baramati, around 100 kms from here.
The agitators were joined by former deputy chief
minister and Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar.
A group of around 50 Maratha activists gathered
outside the 'Govindbaug' residence of the former Union
minister this afternoon and started raising pro-reservation
slogans, a protester said.
He said Ajit Pawar soon joined the protesters, sat on
the ground, and also raised slogans.
While Ajit Pawar is the MLA from Baramati Assembly
seat, his cousin and Pawar senior's daughter Supriya Sule is
MP from Baramati Lok Sabha seat.
Sharad Pawar was not present at his residence when the
Marathas, a politically influential community that
constitutes around 30 per cent of the state's population, have
been demanding 16 per cent reservation in government jobs and
"Ajit Pawar not only sat with us but also raised
slogans in support of the quota for the community. He received
a memorandum from us," said Sachin Satav, one of the members
of the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM) which had organised the
As part of the ongoing quota stir, the convenors of
the Sakal MarathaKranti Morcha (SMKM) had announced that the
members of the organisation would hold sit-in protests outside
the residences of MLAs and MPs.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)