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PTI Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 20:08 IST India

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

incident occurred.

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.)

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