Mumbai, August 1: Maratha’s quota stir intensified as the Maratha Kranti Morcha, who have been demanding reservations in government jobs and education, launched another phase of their agitation on Wednesday.
The protest has begun at Azad Maidan. Meanwhile, the agitators also blocked the Pune-Solapur highway.
They also launched a ‘jail bharo andolan’ from today in Maharashtra to press their demand.
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However, Maratha Kranti Morcha has indicated that there would be no shutdown or violence.
Apart from demanding reservations for Marathas, the demonstrators are also sought an apology from Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis for hurting the sentiments of the community.
The incidents of suicides spurred by the Maratha reservation stir reached to six on Tuesday as a labourer and a student claimed their lives, while eight protesters reportedly attempted self-immolation in Maharashtra.
On Tuesday Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said his government was working on the demand for reservations to the Maratha community, but that the legal process could not be curtailed.
“We are working for Maratha reservation very honestly and seriously. We want this reservation to sustain and so completing all the legal formalities”, he tweeted.
“Simultaneously, we took decisions for educational fees, hostels. We are giving loans to make our youth job givers”.