MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government on Thursday said that it fully supports the demand for giving reservations to Marathas and assured that the members of the community will get reservation lawfully.
The assurance came from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who assured that Marathas will get the reservation after the requisite legal process is completed.
The Chief Minister said this following a meeting with state leaders, top Maratha agitation activists, and the state government officials over the issue of granting reservation to Marathas.
‘’Today a meeting was held with state leaders from diverse sections and a joint statement has been signed to give reservation to Marathas lawfully. The state government stands in absolute support for Maratha reservation and we are following the requisite process to do it at the earliest.’’ The statement from the Chief Minister came a day after the Maratha activists held a ‘jail bharo’ protest in Mumbai, demanding immediate implementation of reservations in jobs and education for the community.
At least thirty-four protesters were detained by the police, however, they were released later.
Pro-quota groups led by the Maratha Kranti Morcha organised the ‘jail bharo’ agitation at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai while local groups in some parts of the state also held similar protests.
Rail and road traffic in the city wasn’t affected by the Maratha community protest across the city.
A group of Maratha community members also staged an agitation outside the residence of state Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil-Nilangekar in Latur district.Protesters blocked a portion of the Pune-Solapur National Highway in north Solapur.
Protests were also held at Junnar in Pune district. Rallies were held in Shirur and Khed tehsils in Pune district.
Farmers from Hingoli district in Marathwada region, the hub of most of the aggressive protests, organised a bullock-cart march to demand quota for the community.