2 lakh protesters hit streets, heavy rains lash south Mumbai

2 lakh protesters hit streets, heavy rains lash south Mumbai

2 lakh protesters hit streets, heavy rains lash south Mumbai

Mumbai: Lakhs from across Maharashtra walked a silent rally in South Mumbai on Wednesday, demanding reservation in education and government jobs for the Marathas.

In the last and final silent march of the Maratha community in Mumbai that is expected to start from Jijamata Udyaan at 11 am on Wednesday, lakhs of protesters have already started to gather on the streets of the city.

The city's famed "dabbawalas", who deliver packed lunches to people working in offices across Mumbai, suspended operations for the day, as did schools in the affected area. The protest movement was started by the Maratha Kranti Morcha on August 9, 2016.

The Maratha community has four primary demands. He also added that the Maratha community will be offered those benefits which are now availed by the OBC community.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a slew of sops for the Maratha community, including educational concessions that are now given to OBCs.

A couple of hours after the morcha culminated at Azad Maidan, a MKM delegation comprising majorly of girls representing the outfit met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the Vidhan Bhavan where the Monsoon Session of the State Legislature is underway and discussed their demands with him.

This is the 58th - and the largest - protest march of the Maratha community, exactly a year after the first march was held in Aurangabad, the organisers told reporters here.

The Maratha Kranti Morcha is holding its biggest silent march in Mumbai on Wednesday. Fadnavis said his government would take constructive steps towards enabling reservation for the Maratha community, keeping the constitutional obligations in mind.

A 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by Jitendra Shinde, Santosh G Bhaval and Nitin G Bhailume in Kopardi in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. "If the Government does not comply with our demands, we will go out of our way to do so", said a protester.

Congress MP and president of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Ashok Shavhan said, "Government took more than a year to file an affidavit in the Bombay High Court regarding its stand on Maratha reservation".

They have been reaching the state capital by trains, private vehicles, trucks, tempos and even two-wheelers waving Maratha flags and sporting bright orange turbans, entering through railway stations and the five entry points. That is why I have come here, to fight for the next Maratha generation.

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