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Maratha Outfits Call For Bandh Again

The Maratha Kranti Morcha Coordination Committee announced a state-wide agitation starting August 1, while another outfit, the Maratha Coordination Committee, gave a bandh call for Monday.

This despite the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis initiating a dialogue with a section of Maratha organisations in Mumbai to pacify the community staging agitations demanding 16 per cent reservation in government jobs and education. However, Maratha organisations had a varied stand from district to district about the dialogue process. While some are ready for talks with the government, others are sceptical.

During the talks, Fadnavis reassured the Sakal Maratha Organisation about the government’s commitment to reservation and welfare of the community. After the meeting, the Maratha Coordination Committee in Solapur gave a call for bandh on Monday while the Latur organisation of the community threatened a statewide agitation from August 1. A Maratha Kranti Morcha leader, requesting anonymity, said, “Every district is planning its own agenda. There is no uniformity.”

A Maratha Kranti Morcha leader, requesting anonymity, said the talks wouldn’t change their plans. “Every district is planning its own agenda. There is no uniformity,” he said, making it clear that while some were ready for talks with the government, others were sceptical.

Meanwhile, with an eye on how the Maratha demand is playing out, other communities across the state are ramping up their quota demands.

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